One of the great things about publicly blogging for the last 5 years, is that I can remind myself of what I was doing this time last year. Or several years ago.
The Terence Eden of October 2009 was a busy chap! 22 blog posts! What a guy 🙂
One post which caught my eye recently, was asking “What are the browser statistics for 10 Downing Street?”
Here was their answer
@edent Top are: IE7 22%, IE8 20%, IE6 12%, Firefox3.5.3 9%, FF3.5.2 7%, FF3.0.14 5%, FF3.0.13 4%, Safari 4.0.3 4%, Chrome 126.96.36.199 2%
— UK Prime Minister (@10DowningStreet) October 2, 2009
So, three years later, how have things changed?
Firstly, I asked the team behind the (still in beta) GOV.UK
— Sam Sharpe (@SamJSharpe) October 11, 2012
Then, I asked for the whole of the parliament.uk space
@edent IE8 23% IE9 17% Chrome 21/22 16% FF15 7.7% IE7 6.5% Safari 4% IE6 1.6%
— Alex (@blangry) October 11, 2012
These are, as they say, to be taken with a pinch of salt.
It’s interesting to see the collapse of IE6, and the huge rise in Chrome. More interesting still, is the difference between the general parliamentary site and GOV.UK. There also doesn’t appear to be a significant mobile presence – unless they’re rolled up into the main stats.
One thing is for sure, it would be great to see these sort of official statistics regularly. Not least to counter the “must support IE6” and “Who on Earth uses Chrome” crowds.