As a school that specializes in distance education in photography, the NYIP staff keeps a close eye on
our Web site analytics. Recently we noticed that Apple’s Safari had jumped up the list of browser types
our visitors are using to second place. Nearly 25% of the people who visit our site are doing using the
Safari browser. This simple fact generated quite a bit of discussion around the office. Some people
balked saying that their favorite browser is so much better than Safari while some defend Safari based on recent improvements especially in security and privacy options. There was also some speculation as to why suddenly more people are using Safari. Is it because more traffic is coming from iPhones, iPods and iPads all of which use the Safari browser? Is it because, as a photo school, our students are more likely to be on Apple computers? Or is it simply that Safari's latest version is better and is converting PC users? I'm not going to pretend to be an Apple engineer or marketing agent so I won’t give concrete answers to these questions, but I do know that when I check our sites on the go it is always Safari, because I’m using an iPhone.
It will probably come as no surprise that the largest number of users are still on some version of
Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE). IE has been and will probably continue to be the most widely used
Internet browser. It is preinstalled on every version of Windows that is shipped, and Windows is still
overwhelmingly the most used operating system for desktop and laptop PCs. For full disclosure, our Web
visitors use IE, Safari, Firefox and Chrome - in that order. This got us wondering, what browser do you
use and why?
Personally, I use both Firefox and Chrome on my office PC. I find Chrome to be a quick and innovative
browser. I like the different themes that are available and the recently released Web Apps Store has
some very interesting and useful extensions that can be easily installed. Chrome also offers a built in
sync with your Google account. This lets you keep your browser settings, themes and extensions synced
on multiple computers. However, I do find that some Web sites with dynamic content or video don't
always load on Chrome. When this occurs I jump to my trusty Firefox. I was an early adopter of Firefox
and have been using it for some time. Like Chrome, it offers a fast and good-looking presentation of my
favorite Web sites. It is also very reliable and I find almost no compatibility problems on Firefox.
The past few weeks I've been exploring a new browser on the market called RockMelt. RockMelt is built
on Google’s open-source Chromium so it is very similar to Google's Chrome in functionality and look.
The unique thing about RockMelt is its social integration; some have called it "The Facebook Browser".
RockMelt lets you have real-time access to your Facebook and Twitter accounts from browser tool bars.
You don’t have to leave the page you are on to share a link, check your wall, update your status or post
a tweet. RockMelt also has an integrated RSS reader that alerts you when your favorite sites have new
In the comments section below, we’d like to hear what browsers you use, and why. If you are anything
like the staff here at NYIP you will have a favorite and feel oddly connected to it. What does your Web
browser say about you, and why do we care so much? I don't know the answers to these last two
questions, and there is probably another post asking to be written answering those questions. For now
I know you won’t catch me using IE and that I sigh every time I'm forced to use it at my parents’ house.
Why won’t they upgrade, why?
Latest Versions of the mentioned browsers:
IE - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/internet-explorer/products/ie/home
Safari - http://www.apple.com/safari/
Firefox - http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/
Chrome - http://www.google.com/chrome
RockMelt - http://www.rockmelt.com/
As mentioned above, we’d love to see your comments below.
NYIP, Director of Operations