Chrome loses market share after Google penalizes itself

Google Chrome lost market share for the first time in two years, dropping in market share from 19.11 percent in December 2011 to 18.94 percent in January 2012, according to data from research firm Net Applications. This drop is likely due to Google penalizing Chrome's search results after a linking scandal last month.

The scandal was the discovery that Google was essentially paying to improve Google Chrome's performance in search engine results, which is a violation of Google's terms of service. Google agreed to demote Chrome's PageRank for 60 days to make amends for the misbehavior, and almost exactly one month later, data shows that the penalty is already affecting Google's web browser.

Chrome's market share loss has resulted in a gain for Internet Explorer. According to Net Applications' data, Internet Explorer saw a significant gain from December of last year to January, going from 51.87 percent up to 52.96 percent. This gain came at the expense of Chrome and other competing web browsers, with Firefox dipping from 21.83 percent to 20.88 percent, and Safari dropping from 4.97 percent to 4.90 percent. Opera gained an inch with 1.66 percent up to 1.67 percent.

With another full month to go for Google's self-imposed penalty, it seems to be the perfect opportunity for other browsers to gain. However, at least for now, that seems to be just Internet Explorer.

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Ive cut google out of my online life recently, but damn I can run chrome w/o closing it for days with no performance hit. I might stick with it. Until IE gets an easy adblocker I'll probably be on Chrome.

downhillrider said,
Ive cut google out of my online life recently, but damn I can run chrome w/o closing it for days with no performance hit. I might stick with it. Until IE gets an easy adblocker I'll probably be on Chrome.

Was it so hard to click the "install" button against the tracking list providers?

I do use chrome but only for limited amounts of time as it seems to replicate and eat up resources. What is that all about? I was a devout FF user until I got my hands on IE9. Now with W8DP and IE10 it's a done deal.

pew, pew, pew, pew, browser wars!

i think chrome will really do wonders if they were to expand onto the android platform. you could sign into your google account on a laptop, tablet, phone, and have all the same bookmarks, and what not, tee hee hee

anaughtymouse said,
pew, pew, pew, pew, browser wars!

i think chrome will really do wonders if they were to expand onto the android platform. you could sign into your google account on a laptop, tablet, phone, and have all the same bookmarks, and what not, tee hee hee


Kind of like Firefox and Safari already do you mean?

i thnk since it was holiday season ppl bought new pcs n macs which had ie n safari , thus making their share higher...

bogas04 said,
i thnk since it was holiday season ppl bought new pcs n macs which had ie n safari , thus making their share higher...

Oddly stats counter shows rise in share of safari

Yay!! Best news in a long time! Chrome and Firefox both suck and maybe people are FINALLY starting to realize it, and no, I'm NOT trolling. Just speaking my opinion!

How stupid is it that Google penalizes themselves for violating their own TOS? I mean, jesus petes, give me a break!!

cork1958 said,
Yay!! Best news in a long time! Chrome and Firefox both suck and maybe people are FINALLY starting to realize it, and no, I'm NOT trolling. Just speaking my opinion!

How stupid is it that Google penalizes themselves for violating their own TOS? I mean, jesus petes, give me a break!!

So in "YOUR" opinion what is better then Firefox or Chrome. I think chrome does ok, i mean it shows me websites, and let me snyc everything with my google account.

lflashl said,

So in "YOUR" opinion what is better then Firefox or Chrome. I think chrome does ok, i mean it shows me websites, and let me snyc everything with my google account.

In my opinion, ANYTHING is better than either of those browsers!! Seamonkey, Opera, IE (ANY version), Palemoon, Waterfox, etc.....

cork1958 said,
Yay!! Best news in a long time! Chrome and Firefox both suck and maybe people are FINALLY starting to realize it, and no, I'm NOT trolling. Just speaking my opinion!

How stupid is it that Google penalizes themselves for violating their own TOS? I mean, jesus petes, give me a break!!


Chrome is a spyware, so yeah it sux.
But Chromium seems to be cool. And Firefox allows you a much better customization of the browser that others doesn't allow you to do.

And it's nice to post your opinion, but it's not constructive at all!

Anthonyd said,

Chrome is a spyware, so yeah it sux.
But Chromium seems to be cool. And Firefox allows you a much better customization of the browser that others doesn't allow you to do.

And it's nice to post your opinion, but it's not constructive at all!

Interesting that you said that Chrome is spyware, and Firefox does allow you to customization alot more than Chrome. I was a full time lover of Firefox, but for me Chrome does everything i need. I guess whatever work for you is best. But im very interested in why you consider Chrome as spyware.

cork1958 said,

In my opinion, ANYTHING is better than either of those browsers!! Seamonkey, Opera, IE (ANY version), Palemoon, Waterfox, etc.....

Opera yea i can understand! IE while is looks nice, looks isnt everything! and isnt Waterfox a 64bit version of Firefox? Palemoon another version of Firefox?

lflashl said,

Interesting that you said that Chrome is spyware, and Firefox does allow you to customization alot more than Chrome. I was a full time lover of Firefox, but for me Chrome does everything i need. I guess whatever work for you is best. But im very interested in why you consider Chrome as spyware.

Google is tracing many of your activities inside Chrome (just Google it for more irony).
And still, from what i've seen, there are still many more customization possible in Firefox than Chrome. It's nice if Chrome suits your need, but as a power user Chromium (the spyware free version of Chrome) doesn't.

cork1958 said,

In my opinion, ANYTHING is better than either of those browsers!! Seamonkey, Opera, IE (ANY version), Palemoon, Waterfox, etc.....


Anyone care to hand me the troll stamp?
You can't honestly be telling me any version of IE even 6 and 7 should be considered better than Chrome and Firefox.
SeaMonkey, waterfox and palemoon are all basically Firefox with minor tweaks, minor tweaks can't possibly make a horrible browser become a good, in that case it just had minor issues to begin with.

Anthonyd said,
Google is tracing many of your activities inside Chrome (just Google it for more irony).
And still, from what i've seen, there are still many more customization possible in Firefox than Chrome. It's nice if Chrome suits your need, but as a power user Chromium (the spyware free version of Chrome) doesn't.

but if Chromium is just the beta version of Chrome, then how is it any different?

Leonick said,

Anyone care to hand me the troll stamp?
You can't honestly be telling me any version of IE even 6 and 7 should be considered better than Chrome and Firefox.
SeaMonkey, waterfox and palemoon are all basically Firefox with minor tweaks, minor tweaks can't possibly make a horrible browser become a good, in that case it just had minor issues to begin with.

Never mind him, all he does is troll on those browsers. especially Firefox.

I think this is nothing more than XP machines continuing to be retired and new Windows 7 machines coming online with IE as the default browser. People have read and heard that IE under Win 7 is much safer than under XP so they leave it (or they're too lazy or forgetful to remember that their son/daughter/nephew/grandkid/etc installed Firefox for them).

mantequillas said,
Hello. Margin of error. That is all.

The same margin of error would be in play for both measurements.

But you sure sounded smart there for a moment.

MrHumpty said,

The same margin of error would be in play for both measurements.

But you sure sounded smart there for a moment.

Perhaps I meant both?

mantequillas said,
Hello. Margin of error. That is all.

we;ve heard that before..
So what ya think it is then ?
Personaly i think that margin of error is 1.66%
Because i find it hard to believe anyone still uses Opera (on a desktop pc)

MrHumpty said,

The same margin of error would be in play for both measurements.

But you sure sounded smart there for a moment.

You need to learn what a margin of error is. If it's at 1%, it could cause one browser have a drop at 1% while another had a gain of 1%, but when in reality both had neither. Oh and margins of errors always apply for all data points if they were measured in the same way. Of course.

Dot Matrix said,
But.... Google does no evil.

what does that have anything to do with chrome share coming down!!!
let me think!!! oh yeah a typical troll...

Dot Matrix said,
But.... Google does no evil.

Read a little and Google did not authorize this and decided to penalize itself.

Google did the right thing by taking the blame and accepting the consequences.

techbeck said,

Read a little and Google did not authorize this and decided to penalize itself.

Google did the right thing by taking the blame and accepting the consequences.

Doesn't change the fact that it is a criminal offense to undermine other advertisers and other products in favor of theirs.

Jebadiah said,

Doesn't change the fact that it is a criminal offense to undermine other advertisers and other products in favor of theirs.

Google penalizes itself...if anyone else had any problems, they would of brought Google up on charges. Far as I know...they have not.

I find it hard to believe that a decline of less than 1/5 of a percent over the course of a month can be directly attributed to any one event. If you tracked it over the course of multiple months after Google punished themselves then maybe you'd have a correlation. As it is these numbers look fairly flat to me and not worth getting bothered by.

Marshalus said,
I find it hard to believe that a decline of less than 1/5 of a percent over the course of a month can be directly attributed to any one event. If you tracked it over the course of multiple months after Google punished themselves then maybe you'd have a correlation. As it is these numbers look fairly flat to me and not worth getting bothered by.

Tech news is dry. So they have to come up with some.

I dont think that was causing chrome to go down... IE6 went up the same period and other browsers came down too. the small point drop is millions of users we are talking here... even if it didnt go up it should be at least stable because people are not going to stop using chrome since the result didnt come up in search.
its obviously an error with netmarketshare. wait for one more month the chrome share should drop again according to this article but i am sure it wont.

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