The Web's Most Popular Browsers And Operating Systems... In Real Time

I doubt anyone is overly fascinated with usage stats for browsers and operating systems. Well, not to the extent where they must feed their cerebral cortex with this information on a second-by-second basis. If you must, however, then "Per cent of the Internet" is the site for you.

Put together by web stats firm Chartbeat, Per cent of the Internet displays real time usage numbers for the most popular browsers and operating systems. The page itself just shows a bunch of icons -- Chrome, Internet Explorer, Linux's Tux and so on -- but clicking on one of these will display the percentage of the internet using that piece of software. At least according to Chartbeat.

Notably absent is information for mobile operating systems and browsers. I'm assuming this is the case as clicking the Apple logo only shows stats for Macs and the number for Linux users wavers between zero and one per cent, which does not account at all for the many, many Android devices that are browsing the web right now. As expected, Windows delivers the biggest number at 75 per cent, though it popped up to 76 per cent a few times while I was watching.

At the moment, it's little more than a interesting curiosity, but that's forgivable given it was thrown together in just two hours. Chartbeat, however, may expand the site's functionality, according to a report by VentureBeat:

[ChartBeat] built the page in two hours ... it is based on an application programming interface Chartbeat created by pulling all of its client data and making the client anonymous.

"We've already received some awesome feedback, so we may decide to expand on it and spend more than two hours on it in the future," said Chartbeat brand manager Lauryn Bennett.

My suggestion for the first improvement? Definitely get some mobile stats up there.

Per cent of the Internet [Chartbeat, via VentureBeat]



    1% of the internet is using A Linux machine
    Based on 3,288,200 active browser sessions

    That's a pretty small sample size. Wonder where they pull the data from....

    Last edited 05/01/13 1:42 pm

      Why? Newspolls use 1200 people for voting intentions and that's 0.005%. 3 288 200 of total 7 billion people on the planet is 0.05% and there aren't 7 billion people who use computers on the planet.

        Maybe not 7 billion users, but I personally have six internet-connected devices (Server, laptop, desktop, Android handset, Raspberry Pi & an XBox 360). They all add up.... and I'm sure there are more than 3.2 mil active connections at any one time. The API behind the service must depend on a limited data set.

        BTW. Newspolls are always a small sample size, so I call bullshit on political polls too. They're not representative of the population.

          Clearly you're not a psephologist jove. The thing about sample size is you need to be aware of margin of error. All polls such as Newspoll and Neilsen etc are published with a stated MOE - normally around 2-3% - which gets smaller the larger the sample. You don't need huge samples to get representative results. What you do need to ensure is that your sample is not skewed. Lots of these Internet stat sites use client data from tech sites, which means they are mostly sampling the geekier end of the spectrum. For instance, an analysis of Gizmodo readers would be unlikely to have the same browsing profile of the population at large. It wouldn't matter how large your sample. Randomness, not sample size, is the key to accuracy.

      The data is from our (Chartbeat) API - so it's data pulled from thousands of sites across the web and across the globe, large and small and the active browser sessions on their sites.

      Also, for you guys interested in some initial mobile stats, we have a similar labs project that shares some of that: (may need to zoom out to see the data).

    16% are using a Mac yet only 13% are using Safari.

    So Mac people don't like using Apple software :-)

      OSX is Apple software, they must not like that either?

      Such logic! 75% using Windows yet only 25% using IE so clearly PC users don't like Microsoft software.

    Versus 73% windows pcs and 24% using internet explorer...

    Besides, google is cheating. Watch what happens when you install a new PC and then go to download flash player

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