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Facebook and Mozilla Firefox are the applications used most across different platforms, according to data collected by Wakoopa, a software-oriented social network. The Amsterdam-based startup offers a small download client that’s installed on the desktops of its 75,000 users. Twitter clients Tweetdeck and Twhirl are continuing […]

Facebook and Mozilla Firefox are the applications used most across different platforms, according to data collected by Wakoopa, a software-oriented social network. The Amsterdam-based startup offers a small download client that’s installed on the desktops of its 75,000 users.

Twitter clients Tweetdeck and Twhirl are continuing to see strong usage and growth, much like Twitter. The most popular newcomer among Twitter clients, as well as overall apps, for the Mac is Destroy Twitter. These numbers are in sync with web usage data reported by others research companies as well.

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The more interesting part of the report is the browser usage: Google Chrome is making a significant impact on the browser market, with 15 percent usage across all countries and age groups. The Opera browser market, by comparison, has its highest adoption levels in Europe.

When I was looking through the report shared with us, one thing that struck me was how people below 30 are completely ambivalent towards Microsoft’s Internet Explorer and prefer using alternative browsers. If this trend continues, Microsoft might have big browser issues on its hands.

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  1. Interesting figures. What Om is forgetting though is that Wakoopa’s userbase is not very representative for the total internet population. Its report are thus heavily ‘geek-biased’. That would explain the 15% Chrome adoption for example.

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    1. Tim

      I totally agree with you on their users being not typical internet users. however those are the kind of numbers you are beginning to see emerge from other information sources. the point here is to use this data as a pointer and not as a perfect reflection of the data web.

      Facebook, Firefox and Twitter are three apps that increasingly being used on the web — and even if these leading edge users are skewed, those three apps are still growing fast.

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      1. I think you have to treat this sample as an indicator, Om. While we’ve seen heavy growth on Chrome at Calliflower.com, it’s nowhere near 15%, and IE still accounts for a third of all the traffic.

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    2. Exactly. I was going to say the same thing. I love Wakoopa but it’s full of early adopters for for real statistics, I’d say divide this usage and cut 80% out of the 15% chrome adoption because I doubt they have more than 3% global market at this time.

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  2. Ahh yes I love firefox! Less virus, better interface!

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    1. yes indeed FireFox rock#$@#$%#$

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  3. [...] more here: Facebook, Firefox, Twitter Lead App, Web Usage Share and [...]

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  4. Thank you Wakoopa for all this great data.

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  5. Epic self-selection bias. 50-60% Firefox vs 7-13% IE? I think not.

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    1. Agreed. It is very clearly not the same population as the population of Internet users. It is a mistake to consider this data representative of application usage in general, unless one is willing to ignore all other similar sets of data.
      It could be interesting to see what their market, age, and language distributions are and then confirm their browser usage stats with another study of a similar population. But this alone isn’t worth much.

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      1. Agreed. But as I responded earlier, this is not a “perfect” reflection but more of an indicator of where things are heading. I am pretty sure if you follow the growth of FB, FF and Twitter, you can extend the data from “early adopters/geeks” to a broader adoption trend.

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  6. Feels good to see firefox wiping out IE. way to go!

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  7. Excellent point! This poll does seem like it would end up a little biased. IE would probably have a much stronger running if it wasn’t “geek-biased.”

    Visits to my blog found that 60% of visitors were using Firefox versus 30% that were using IE. My blog, however, has a readership that is biased! I also do my fair share of promoting Firefox (ie., Firefox Friday)

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  8. [...] Facebook, Firefox, Twitter Lead App, Web Usage – Gigaom.comFacebook and Mozilla Firefox are the applications used most across different platforms, according to data collected by Wakoopa , a software-oriented social network. The Amsterdam [...]

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  9. Any reason why the Twhirl link in your post takes me to a Network Solutions’ ‘Under Construction’ page?

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