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A month after its launch, Google’s much talked about browser, Chrome seems to have seen a slow decline in usage according to some reports. It now accounts for 5.6% of all visits to this blog, though the number varies for our other blogs, indicating that Chrome is still an early adopter phenomenon.

Google Chrome BrowserEarlier this week, Profy.com’s Svetlana Gladkova sent an email reminding me that Google’s Chrome Browser was one month old. How time flies, and how quickly we forget: or at least I did. After my initial few posts and thoughts, Google Chrome has fallen off my attention radar since it is not available for my preferred computing platform – OSX X. I typically divide my browsing time between Safari and Camino.

I have checked it out occasionally by booting it up on Windows running via Parallels on my MacBook. Apparently, I am part of the median: Svetlana has been tracking the usage using Google Analytics, Clicky and Net Applications has seen a gradual decline in the usage. Gone is the download Chrome link from the Google home page. She points out that there are some fixes the browser needs and as a result Google might be quietly taking a step back. (Related Post: Why Chrome isn’t a killer browser just yet.)

Svetlana is right in being cautious on the chances of the Google browser, though I am not sure how to view the fact that it now accounts for about 5.6% of the traffic to GigaOM and now ranks as the fourth most usage browser. Across our network, here Chrome’s share of total visits by site: 6.13% (jkOnTheRun), 5.78% (OStatic), 5.06% (WebWorkerDaily), 3.09% (NewTeeVee), 2.43% (Earth2Tech) and 2.24% (TheAppleblog). [If you want to share information about your website/service in comments, it would be pretty cool.]

Those numbers can of course mean many things, like I have a lot of readers at Google. Of course, they remind me that I need to use Windows more often. Jokes aside, I think Google isn’t likely to give up on this browser for anytime soon. There are many reasons why they won’t let it become their Waterloo.

Google has realized that web is no more a mere collection of plain web pages or simple interface to databases. If not today then sometime in the near future we would expect equality in the experience (if not feature parity) between desktop and web applications. It is a future where browsers can’t be just html renderers but containers for a runtime environment. Anyway follow Svetlana – I have a sneaky suspicion she would be following Chrome’s progress (or lack of it) for a while.

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  1. I’ve already installed and uninstalled Chrome. I have no desire to use it again.

  2. The current release of Chrome is just about getting it out of the door, with most of the value lying in scaring Ballmer and Co a teeny weeny bit. The actual value is when the apps shape up around it (none of the apps that currently support it on Google, especially Docs, work reasonably well offline with it now) to the extent where they can be used on a daily basis.

    Interestingly, that is when they will also open up weird anti-trust avenues for B&C to attack them. We are headed for interesting times.

  3. I installed Chrome on day one, and after a week of use, was unable to return to firefox except for the occasion instance where I needed a plugin and didn’t want to install it in Chrome. After a week, firefox seemed to take a loooong time to startup (relative to Chrome) and pages take forever to load (again, relative to Chrome).

    So far, it’s been great, and I don’t really understand the snark against it (see jenkins, above). Chrome is super fast, very stable, and has some very nice features. It doesn’t change the world, but it’s a very nice browser for Windows. It is significantly faster and more stable than firefox or explorer. If you just remove the love vs hate of google, it’s hard to see why every windows user wouldn’t be using this.

  4. Yes, a nice browser, slightly fast than FF in some circumstances, yes. A game changer? No. Google will find it more difficult than anticipated to uproot an entrenched market. Still, have at it, boys.

  5. Just as RC said, I now use Chrome for most of the browsing, for the rest I use Firefox when I need a plugin or a feature not yet available in Chrome. It is very fast, very stable, very easy on eyes.
    I think the beta version is mostly for letting the world be aware of its presence and that a runtime environment version is not far off.

  6. Fast, so I like to use it for Google Reader, but then I cannot save things into Zotero – my reference tool. Can’t use it for gmail, because it doesn’t support GTDInbox addon. I use Google Apps, so therefore use same browser for Mail, Docs ..
    Until it gets the ecosystem around it, I cannot use it as much as I would like to.

  7. 0.36% of over 200,000 visitors to our website – Edge Hill University in the UK. Chrome has a long way to go before it’s adopted by the mainstream.

  8. I love some of the Chrome features, but the lack of extensions is killing me. There is a way to get some Greasemonkey scripts to run in Chrome, which is pretty nice. http://www.budboytech.com/home/2008/10/3/how-to-run-greasemonkey-scripts-in-chrome-sort-of.html

  9. My site is 90% Windows users. In September, 3.42% of our users were using Chrome, right behind Safari which accounted for 3.44%.

  10. Spot checking a half dozen of the sites I manage with traffic ranging from 15k to 150k unique visitors over the course of the last month, Chrome numbers never rose over 1%. The majority of what I’ve seen is less than .5%, in fact.

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