I don’t look at my web stats very often. Or perhaps it’s better to say I go through phases: forgetting to look at stats for many months at a time, then checking every few days or so, then back to months of ignoring it all. It is interesting to see what the stats software tells me, though — things like how many visitors Mirabilis.ca gets (What a lot of you! Where on earth did you come from?) and what sort of search terms at Google send the highest number of people to this site. (Sorry, we only have so many Roman orgies; not nearly enough to go around.)
One statsy thing that makes me happy is that only a quarter of you still use Internet Explorer; the rest have already found a better browser, like Firefox, say. Excellent.
Now listen, Internet Explorer users. There is a better world just waiting for you! Go try Firefox or Opera, and I bet you’ll never go back. I don’t know how you can bear the web in Internet Explorer.
I am fond of the Opera browser, but I prefer Firefox, because it lets me install add-ons that customize the program in delightful ways.
Anyway. You’re probably wondering what brought this on. It was one stats program, one very fine Zinfandel from the Sonoma Valley, and one New York Times article, namely An Upstart Challenges the Big Web Browsers.
The browser, that porthole onto the broad horizon of the Web, is about to get some fancy new window dressing.
Next month, after three years of development and six months of public testing, Mozilla, the insurgent browser developer that rose from the ashes of Netscape, will release Firefox 3.0. It will feature a few tricks that could change the way people organize and find the sites they visit most frequently. [continue]
Nice to see Firefox is still grabbing headlines.