Browser Loyalty (or not)
I guess this weekend will be google analytics weekend, given my post yesterday and today. In light of the rumors that Facebook may purchase the Opera browser, I got to thinking about how quickly browser market shares move. If the AVC blog audience is a good sample, then the answer is pretty quickly.
Here's the breakout of browser market share on AVC in the month of May 2006:
In just two years, the landscape had shifted rapidly.
Two years later, in May 2010, the market was shifting again.
And fast forward to today, we see a different story again.
All of this share shifting has happened in the relatively short timeframe of six years. There is apparently very low loyalty to browsers in the AVC community. I suspect our crew here is more likely to try something new and shift than the broader Internet, but even so, this is something to think about if owning a browser is part of your lockin strategy. Apparently that doesn't work too well.
There was a question about OS market share. This is what the current OS market share on AVC looks like: