Update: MonkeyT (love the nickname! :) has showcased both class and style, while at the same time bringing an EXTREMELY well thought through counter-viewpoint/argument (not the bad, angry kind of argument, but the good “this person knows where they’re talking about” kind) to this matter. While I continue to stand behind the notion that theres more to these numbers than meets the eye, I officially retract from my comment’s that these numbers have nothing interesting to do with Safari.
After reading MonkeyT’s follow-up I now realize I was completely off track, as there’s DEFINITELY some interesting way’s to look at this from a positive Safari-based perspective.
Thanks MonkeyT! :)
The popularity of Apple Computer’s Safari Web browser continues to grow at a noticeable pace this year, with recent market share figures pointing to an over 75 percent increase in usage over the past twelve months.
If I’m Mozilla, I’m excited, as “over 75 percent increase” on a solid 10% market share would mean something significant.
Although it maintains its standing as the No. 3 browser on the Internet, a recent market share report by Net Applications shows Apple’s WebKit-based Safari to have garnered a 3.19 percent share in March, an increase of 1.81 percent from last year.
Okay, fair enough. Good for Apple… But to headline with “major” growth, sub-headline with “over 75 percent increase”, to then take the increase to 3.19% over the somewhat dismal 1.4% of last year and turn this into something more than the 1.81% increase suggests, is like the Green Party suggesting that a similar increase in votes means that Ralph Nader could actually get elected President.
Don’t get me wrong, Ralph Nader has certainly been responsible for shifting the momentum of any given election on more than one occassion, so thats not to say the numbers don’t mean anything.
They just don’t mean the same thing that the term “major” and “75 percent increase” try to suggest, and they don’t mean he’s going to get elected President anytime in the near term future. But I’m pretty sure he knows this too… ;)
Will all of this said, good for Apple. A 1.8% increase in overall market penetration, in a market that consists of hundreds of millions of customers worldwide?
Now those are some big numbers!
Not percentage wise, but big numbers none-the less. This is a good thing obviously. They employ good people, and make good products… Not a personal favorite of mine, but that doesn’t mean much more than these simple words suggests, and I doubt much any of the Mac fans out there care
too much AT ALL about my Mac opinons anyway.
So there you have it… Enjoy the rest of your day :)
QUICK-UPDATE: In case you’re wondering why I even bothered to make an effort to write a post regarding this report, its because its seems to me that somewhere inside of this story exists something pretty significant.
Its just not the increase in the usage of Safari in which that significance exists.