Our blog pal, John Calypso of Viva Veracruz, mused the other day about his long history with computers. He had some interesting things to say about Chrome, Google's browser.
I am not a Chrome user, though I have a couple of acquaintances who are. I am a Firefox guy And have been for some time. I abandoned Internet Explorer as my alternate browser when it refused to display my revised blog format.
Not too long ago that would have been nothing more than a solipsistic indulgence. After all, I may write my blog for my amusement, but I put it on line for other people to see. And a vast majority of readers within recent memory would have been using Internet Explorer.
But, as John noted, the times they are a'changin'.
When I first experienced the format glitch using Internet Explorer, I checked my user statistics to get an idea how many people were still using Internet Explorer. If a majority were still on the Gates bandwagon, I would revise my blog banner.
The plurality of users were still using Internet Explorer. But barely 40%.
I checked again this past week. You can see the results at the top of this post. The number of Internet Explorer users has dropped to barely one-third. With Firefox and Safari quickly closing in.
Those numbers are interesting. And a good reminder for those of us who were at one point concerned about how much internet territory the Redmond giant controlled.
But competition matters. Give customers a better option, and they will choose it.
Maybe I should give Chrome a test drive. And see what mexpatriate looks like through its windscreen.