Two Million Users Take Shine to Google Chrome

By Clint Boulton  |  Posted 2008-09-17 Print this article Print

Stat of the day for Google Watch: More than 1.93 million unique people -- 73 percent of whom were males -- visited the Google Chrome Web browser "Thank You" page between Sept. 1 and Sept. 7, according to stats published today, Sept. 17, by number cruncher Nielsen Online.

Nielsen Research Director Jon Stewart added that nearly 1.4 percent of all U.S. users who went online at home or work visited the page, which usually means a download.

Stewart found that Chrome buzz spiked on Sept. 2nd, the first day of availability, and peaked the following day, consuming 0.92 percent of online consumer discussion.

I can attest to that. I was part of the raft of journalists and bloggers covering the end-user license agreement language snafu, in which Google offered pretty much blanket terms for data retention periods. This didn't sit well with folks who weren't sure if they even wanted to use the browser regularly or not.

What can we compare the Chrome buzzathon to? Stewart said:

The browser was mentioned in nearly one percent of all online discussions the day after its launch – a respectable slightly-more-than-half of what the highly anticipated iPhone 3G generated when it launched earlier this summer.
Now that's saying something, considering Chrome was a veritable sneak attack on Microsoft that only came to light early because of some FedEx mailing issues (the comic book got sent to Google Blogoscoped in Germany a day early).

Now there are bits coming out about Chrome in which Microsoft says the browser uses an open-source Windows Template Library. Ah, sweet rain on Chrome's parade. Where have I heard that tactic before?

Oh, yeah, it was Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer saying Linux users were infringing on Windows OS code two years ago.

In this lovely second full week of Chrome use, what have you learned that you like or dislike about the new browser?


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