Google Chrome the Most Used Browser on Techie Buzz

There is something about which I have not seen in any other browser. It is one of the fastest growing browsers across the world and currently has around 20% usage world wide.

Google Chrome Market Share Techie Buzz

Many tech related websites around the world are seeing that Google Chrome has been overtaking . Last year both TechCrunch and Techmeme reported that Chrome was the most users on their site which prompted me to write the article; Why is Chrome Winning and Firefox Losing Market Share?. Back then, Chrome’s market share was around 10% was constantly growing on our site too.

Recently, I wrote an article on How Chrome is Growing in India and Hurting Microsoft and Mozilla. In that article, I delved upon how Chrome has been dominating Indian markets even though the internet usage there is around 15% of the population. This definitely showed how much impact Chrome has had on the browser market.

Google Chrome Market Share Graph Techie Buzz

Today when I was checking the browser market share for Techie Buzz I saw that Chrome has overtaken Firefox as the most used browser. Last month, Chrome was behind Firefox by 2%, so the month over month growth is pretty impressive. This means that almost 1+ million out of the 3.5+ million users on the site were using Google Chrome to visit Techie Buzz.

One of the reasons for Google Chrome’s growth is the heavy advertising Google is doing for it. I see many ads which pitch users to play Angry Birds on Google Chrome and I can swear that those have converted many users to switch to Chrome including my own brother who is a big fan.

Google is also landing some punches on rival browsers like Firefox and Internet Explorer by stopping development on certain products while providing plugins for them too. Recently, Google has decided to stop development of Google Toolbar for Firefox 5. This has sent Mozilla in a frenzy because lot of users are not upgrading to Firefox 5 from because of the incompatibility of the .

Google also provides Internet Explorer users with something called as Google Chrome Frame to bring Google Chrome’s technology to Internet Explorer. As you can see from our browser stats, we have around 0.13% IE users who have installed the Google Chrome Frame.

Additionally, Google has also been blocking several features in their products on . Our in-house Opera guru Pallab has always been finding problems using Google’s features on Opera including the recently introduced .

So is Google intentionally doing all these things to switch users to their own browser? It could very well be possible, however, they are also backing that up with an excellent browser and I for one have been using Google Chrome as my primary browser since it launched and yes some of the new features in it including the Multiple Chrome Profiles are definitely good.

What do you think about Chrome’s dominance? Is it good or bad? Do you use Google Chrome as your primary browser? If not which one do you prefer to use? Please let me know through your comments.

The Biggest Data Thefts in the Past Five Years

You must have heard by now that Sony’s PlayStation Network and Qriocity services were compromised severely, and sensitive data belonging pertaining to many as 77 million registered users might have been stolen. The full ramifications of the breach will become obvious only in the days to come. However, Sony might have lost the trust and goodwill of millions of customers forever. The severity of this intrusion is mind bogging, both in scope and scale. However, this is not the biggest incident of online data theft. It’s not even close. DataLossDB.org and PrivacyRights.org tracks all data theft incidents of note. Here are the top fifteen incidents of data theft through hacking* in the past five years (2007-11):

  • 2007
    • 1. T.J. Maxx – In a carefully planned and long drawn out operation, Albert Gonzalez stole sensitive information belonging to more than 100 million customers of T.J. Maxx, an American departmental stores chain. The hack was carried out over a period of 18 months, ending in 2007. As many as 45.6 million credit and debit card numbers were stolen. Unlike other entries in this list, this wasn’t an entirely remote operation. Instead, poorly secured in-store computer kiosks were exploited to gain access to company’s networks.

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      Albert Gonzalez

    • 2. TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation – In September 2007, Joe Moglia, the CEO of Ameritrade, an online brokerage company revealed to clients that one of its databases with 6.3 million customer records had been hacked. Ameritrade had fallen victim to a backdoor based network. Although the same database contained extremely sensitive information like Social Security Numbers, they were not taken. Other confidential data such as passwords were not violated either.
  • 2008
    • 3. Hannaford Bros. Supermarket chain – In March 2007, another supermarket chain was compromised. Hannaford lost credit and debit card numbers, expiration dates and PIN numbers of 4.2 million customers. The leak has led to over 1,800 reported incidents of fraud. The culprit was once again Albert Gonzalez. This time around he broke in by using SQL-injection attack.
    • 4. Chilean Ministry of Education – In May 2007, Chilean government servers were hacked, and identity card numbers, names, and addresses of 6 million people were posted on public forums. The hacker claimed that his intention was to highlight the lackluster security infrastructure.
    • 5. RBS WorldPay – Four Russians – Viktor Pleshchuk, Sergei Tsurikov, Oleg Covelin and an unnamed guy known as “Hacker 3″ carried out this attack. The hackers managed to gain personal information of 1.5 million users, including sensitive information like social security numbers of 1.1 million users. This was a highly sophisticated and coordinated attack that led to the theft of $9 million from ATMs through a network of “cashers”.
  • 2009
    • 6. CheckFree Corporation – CheckFree, an online bill payment service, fell victim to a DNS hijacking scheme in December, 2008. However, the incident didn’t come to light until January 2009. The company’s website was redirected to a Ukrainian website that hosted Trojan horses that were designed to steal data from customers. Since, CheckFree lost control of its website, the exact extent of the damage couldn’t be calculated. However, an estimated 5 million consumers might have been affected.
    • Heartland7. Heartland Payment Systems – Heartland is chiefly a payment processor, but it also provides a range of services to other merchants. In the single biggest incident of data theft reported so far, Albert Gonzalez, whose name has already appeared twice in this list, reportedly broke in after managing to successfully install sniffing software on Heartland’s network. The software was installed in early 2008 and went undetected for months. During that period, Heartland was said to be processing about 100 million transactions per month. The estimated number of credit card information harvested is above 130 million.
    • 8. pHpBB – The popular free forum (bulletin board) software was hit hard in February 2009, when an attacker managed to gain access to its entire database through a security bug in (an outdated version of) PHPlist, a third party email application. The intruder managed to scrape 400,000 names, email, address, and hashed passwords.
    • 9. RockYou – A severe SQL-injection flaw in the popular developer of social games allowed at least one hacker to gain access to its complete user list, along with information like userid, and password, which was shockingly enough stored in plain text. The number of affected users was 4.2 million.
    • 10. Network Solutions – The webhosting company Networking Solutions has a particularly poor security track record. Between March 12 and June 8 of 2009, hackers broke through its defenses, and managed to install malware that stole name, address, and credit card numbers of more than 570,000 customers. If that wasn’t bad enough, the very next year, Network Solutions was hacked twice in the space of one week.
  • 2010
    • 11. Triple C Inc. – The Puerto Rico Department of Health was breached in a series of attacks spread out over several years. The breach was finally discovered in September 2010. The hackers are believed to have gained access to health information of 400,000 patients.
    • 12. Gawker – In December 2010, Gawker Media blogs were hacked by a group called Gnosis. Not only did this group go on to give interviews to competitors of Gawker Media, but it also uploaded the entire database of 1.3 million registered users (with usernames and hashed passwords), and confidential staff conversations to a torrent website. The breach prompted many other web services (like Twitter and LinkedIn) to carry out forced password resets for affected members.
  • 2011
    • Heartland13. Epsilon – Epsilon is a leading email marketing service provider that has dozens of tier-1 companies as its client. On March 30, a hacker succeeded in gaining access to a subset of Epsilon clients’ customer data. Data stolen included names and email addresses. Epsilon maintains that only 2% of its customers were affected, and hasn’t disclosed exactly how many records were breached. However, given that the affected clients include big names like CitiGroup, Best Buy, and JPMorgan Chase, this breach might turn out to be the biggest ever.
    • 14. WordPress.com – Earlier this month, the hosted blogging solution owned by Automattic suffered from a low-level break-in to several of its servers. All information on these servers could have been accessed. However, it’s unlikely that financial information was stolen. Passwords were hashed and salted, which should make cracking them almost impossible. Nevertheless, the hacker might have obtained information on as many as 18 million users.
    • 15. Sony – Of course, this is the big breaking news of the week. There’s a lot of things that we still don’t know about this incident. However, Sony has confirmed that the hacker could have accessed all personal information, including password and address. Credit card details (excluding security code) could also have been obtained by the hacker. However, the credit card table was encrypted. According to Sony, the total number of accounts affected is in the range of 77 million. However, many of them are probably inactive or duplicates.

As we continue to increasingly rely on online services, it’s imperative that the vendors we entrust our personal information with take the appropriate precautions to protect that data. The frequency of data thefts is alarming. Every year confidential information on millions of web users are exposed through data breaches. I had earlier called upon the Congress to enforce certain minimum security practices upon all entities that store sensitive data like credit card information. Several members of the Congress are already preparing to introduce legislation that will “provide consumers with additional safeguards to protect against such data breaches”. A consensus needs to emerge in order to reduce the probability of such incidents happening in the future.

* Only data-theft cases that involved hacking have been considered. Data breaches resulting due to insider efforts, or lost assets have not been included.

Using Multiple CPM Ad Sizes To Increase Your Earnings

I have been a webmaster for a long time now and understand the nuances of increasing earnings through subtle changes. You might have already read my tips to increase your AdSense income, so today I will try and put some effort into explaining how you can increase your CPM advertising earnings.

CPM Advertising

First of all, CPM earnings are based on per thousand impressions (read Wikipedia definition). This means that you get paid a certain amount of money for every 1000 visitors who see those ads. This is a standard way of looking at CPM ads. However, what many don’t know is that the CPM of ads are also based on the number of clicks those ads get.

Let me make this clear though, you don’t get paid for the clicks on CPM banners, but those clicks help in increasing the CPM rates on your website. It also helps in attracting better advertisers to your website. After all, no one would pay you if the advertisement money they put in does not gain them any customers, would they?

Important Note: Just like , clicking on your own CPM ads or asking someone to do it for you will not help you. Let it happen naturally and you will benefit in the long run.

I would like to now elaborate on the topic this post is about. First of all, IAB (International Advertising Bureau) have certain standard ad sizes which are common to all ad networks. You might be familiar with those ad sizes, let me list it out if you are not.

IAB Ad Sizes

  • 728×90 (Banner)
  • 468×60 (Banner)
  • 120×600 (Leaderboard)
  • 160×600 (Leaderboard)
  • 300×250 (Rectangle)
  • 300×600 (Half Page)

You might have used all these banners on your site at some point or the other. As you can see, some of sizes of the ads are small while some are large. The common misconception among webmasters is that larger the banner the more they will get paid.

However, this is a wrong. The banner size does not really determine how much you will get paid , it is based on several factors including the click-through rates of the banners you have.

For example, in some cases a 468×60 banner will pay you more than a 728×90 banner and so on. In many other cases, you will earn more based on how many clicks you earn. However, if you have 10 such banners and don’t get any clicks on most of them you will end up earning 0.01 CPM on them.

Making the calculation as to which banner will pay you more is definitely a hard and tedious process. More often than not you might lose out on earnings because you decided to ignore a higher paying banner because of it’s size.

This is the reason why several ad networks provide users with an option to club multiple banner sizes together. It means that you can club a 728×90 and 468×60 banner together and leave it up to the advertising network to display the best possible ad size with the highest paying CPM.

So it is better to choose ads which serve multiple sized banners based on best CPM rates. For example, most ad providers provide users with either a 728×90 ad or 468×60 ad, a 120×600 ad or 160×600 ad or a 300×250 ad or 300×600 ad.

I would suggest that you use these combinations if you have appropriate ad space on your site, because it would mean that the advertising network will always display the highest paying ad in any of the sizes provided in these combinations. I have always used this mantra to make sure that I don’t have to deal with managing which ad size works best for me and which one pays higher.

If your ad network does not provide you with combination ads, you could always email them to ask them about it. You will always find the best CPM ad networks (coming up shortly) around and use it.

Summarizing

I am pretty upbeat about the tips in this article and can tell you that I am confident enough that they will work. However, there is something I should let you know.

Don’t take anything at face value. It takes a lot of tweaking to get the best performing units for your individual website and more often than not you need to analyze your own performance yourself.

Me saying that these things will work should be taken as a tip, however, you still need to check your statistics to understand whether something is working or not. All ad networks provide you with useful statistics which will help you determine the best performing units. So put an effort to learn and understand your advertising networks performances before you just jump ahead and start searching for the best ways to make more money from your website.

I would definitely be interested in learning your strategy on ad placement and whether or not you find these tips useful. Also, if you haven’t been using these tips make sure to tell me if they work or don’t.

I am planning to do a lot more posts about effectively earning more money from your website and you will find all of those under section, so make sure to keep checking back for more tips and tricks in making your website a success.

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So PayPal Practically Screws Indians Again

If you want to get behind the history of me and PayPal, you better head over and read this older post rant of mine. PayPal has been and is being screwing people in India because they basically cannot adhere to standards laid down by the Reserve Bank of India.

In a recent email sent out to PayPal users in India, they have said that they will be laying down new rules for Indian users starting from March 1st, 2011. Here are some of the highlights, you can read the rest here.

In order to comply with the RBI Guidelines, our user agreement in India will be amended for the following services as follows:

  1. Any balance in and all future payments into your PayPal account may not be used to buy goods or services and must be transferred to your bank account in India within 7 days from the receipt of confirmation from the buyer in respect of the goods or services; and
  2. Export-related payments for goods and services into your PayPal account may not exceed US$500 per transaction.

So PayPal is practically telling Indian users that they cannot buy anything from their money in PayPal and instead have to use their "f*cked up" exchange rates so that you lose money and then pay a "premium" on exchange rate conversions when you buy things from out of the country.

In addition to that they are telling developers and web designers that you cannot earn more than $500 per transaction. Now try explaining to your clients that they will need to take the effort to send you money in multiple transactions.

Alright, I am not going to go on with this humbug, please continue for me in the comments.

Please don’t blame the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) for this. For the record, here are the FEMA regulations (Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999)  which clearly state how businesses like PayPal should operate in India, and PayPal is definitely one of the biggest violators of it.

More PayPal shenanigans at their official blog. At least they didn’t f*ck royally when it comes to intimating users.

Enhance Your Facebook Experience In Google Chrome

By now you might have already known that is my favorite browser and I use it day in an day out on my Dell XPS as well as on the dedicated CR-48 netbook Google sent me.

Facebook

I am also a very keen social networking user and use both and extensively. However, there are few things which could be done better with both of these services. Alas, it depends on Facebook or Twitter developers to make those changes, and many things I want in them wouldn’t be considered.

However, there are several out there which can easily enhance your experience with Facebook. In this post, I will try and list out the extensions I use on Facebook to enhance my experience with it. If you are looking for a desktop tool, don’t forget to check out the most Awesome desktop app for Facebook.

Beautify Facebook

Facebook Profile Beautifier

Tired of being forced on how you can view your profile without having the options to change colors or move widgets around? The Beautify Facebook extension will come in handy then.

The Beautify Facebook extension allows you to change the background for Facebook, apply transparency to content and more. It also allows you to tweak Facebook by allowing you to hide requests, Advertisements and more.

It also provides you with handy shortcuts for accessing frequently used pages. For example, you can use the Shift + h shortcut key to quickly go to the Facebook homepage from any other page, or Shift + p to go to your profile or Shift + i to to your inbox and so on. Overall, this extension is definitely worth trying out.

You will find the Options to edit the settings for Beautify Facebook extension when you visit Facebook.com.

Download Beautify Facebook CR Edit. If you want to try out other options check out Facebook Stylist and Facebook Themed extensions.

What Is Quora?

For the past few weeks, I’ve been following an increased interest about Quora on social networking sites. Tech evangelist, Robert Scoble, started a Quora frenzy with his post; Is Quora the biggest blogging innovation in 10 years?

Quora

Now I certainly did not agree fully about Quora being a blogging innovation, however, after using it for a while now I can say that it is addictive, interesting, informative and has the A-Listers answering questions from anyone and everyone.

So What is Quora?

I believe that this question is very well answered in the about page of Quora and also a question which was posted on Quora itself. However, here is an easier interpretation of what Quora is in my honest opinion.

In a nutshell, Quora is a simple site where you can ask a question and expect an answer from other community members. It is similar to Yahoo Answers and Answers in that sense. However, Quora goes much more further than this.

Quora basically documents knowledge through questions and answers and provides users with an easy way to find it. Think of it as a knowledgebase created by people for the people.

In addition to that Quora also provides users with a platform to collaborate and make things better. For example, if one person has asked a question, a second person can edit it to make it more descriptive or to frame it in a proper way. Similarly, when one person answers a question, another user can suggest edits to the answer. Using the collaborative feature in Quora, people can improve on the quality of the accumulated knowledge.

Quora is also a source for continuous knowledge by the way of it providing each and every user an opportunity to add their answers to any question. This way newer and maybe better answers can always be added.

As many people think, Quora is not overwhelming at all since it allows you to choose which topics you want to follow and only displays questions related to those topics. For example, if you would love to know more about Startups, you can follow the Startup topics and you will be displayed questions and answers

This is the most basic definition of what Quora does according to me.

Is Quora A Social Networking Platform?

Yes and No. Quora is not exactly a social networking site, but it does borrow quite a lot of features from sites like Twitter, Facebook and maybe several others.

For example, Quora has an option to allow users to follow other users, this feature is similar to Twitter. In addition to that it allows users to comment and up vote answers, this feature is seen in sites like Reddit and Digg. It also has an Inbox feature which can be tied down to LinkedIn or Facebook Messages.

Quora also allows users to subscribe to questions without asking or answering it, so that you will know whenever a new answer has been added.

Overall, there are several aspects of Quora which make it to look like a social networking site. However, those features are not the USP of Quora. Those features basically provide an enhanced community experience for Quora users.

What do you think of Quora? Have you used it? Do you like it? Do feel free to tell me your opinion about the service through your comments.

Chrome Web Store Analysis: Millions of Downloads, Top Apps and Interesting Facts

Google launched the on December 7th, 2010 at the conference. I have downloaded and used several of these apps on , many of these are really good apps and shows that the future of the web store is really bright.

However It has been almost 2 weeks since the Web store launched, so how has it performed? How many apps have are there in the web store? Which are the best selling apps? Which apps have been downloaded the most? To find answers to these questions I decided to do an analysis on how the web store has worked out and what the stats are like.

Chrome Web Store

I have based this analysis on the current numbers available at the Chrome Web Store since Google has not provided users statistics about the Chrome Web Store yet.

Facts About Chrome Web Store

First of, Chrome Web Store has seen millions of downloads, with the top 15 seeing over 1.5 million downloads so far. Here are some more facts about the Chrome Web Store and Apps:

  • There are ~2200+ apps in the Chrome Web Store right now
  • There are over ~10,500 and themes.
  • Top 15 apps have been downloaded over 1.5 million times
  • The top two most downloaded apps in the Chrome Web Store are games, and they account for almost half a million downloads
  • All apps except for are web shortcuts
  • NY Times is the only news app among the top 15 downloaded apps
  • Out of the top 15 downloaded apps, 9 are Google products
  • Groove Shark is the only music app in the top 15

Top 15 Apps in Chrome Web Store

The Chrome Store has several apps to choose from. I have written about quite a few of them (read about the Chrome Apps). Many of the apps are just web shortcuts, but the number of in-browser apps has been increasing. The top 15 apps on the Google Web Store currently features the following:

Hey Google, Here is How You Can Make Google News Spam Free

Google has been removing publishers from Google News index for vague reasons because of new policy reviews. This was confirmed by a recent tweet from @mattcutts where he said:

@AuctionBytes I’ll mention this. The news folks are actually starting a nice crackdown on low-quality/spammy news sources.

So what is low-quality and spammy according to Google? Search Engine Land has an answer for that where they got an update from a Google News spokesperson who said “Yes, we recently removed a number of websites from Google News that we determined were not following Google’s quality guidelines”

Google News Spam

So what exactly are those quality guidelines? According to several forum posts on the Google News forum, quality websites are those who write original content. And what is original content? A post on a site which does not reference anyone else through links or otherwise. So sites which link to other sources provide low-quality news?

Google News Spam Gaming Websites

In my experience, one of the biggest spamming in news occurs for trending topics in Google search. Several hundred websites follow these trends and then post accordingly about them. Now the problem here is not those websites, it is with Google who display “Google News listings” above organic listings in Google search results.

Anyone with a bit of brain can game Google and write original pieces of news without attributing anyone and get tons of traffic. The throw in your face news results acts like a tonic for spammy publishers to push content and game the system.

I have been counting thousands of sites which do this everyday along with posting duplicate content on the same topic to get on top of the listings once they have been forced down by another site. This was a known fact but was more in news after CNET and Search Engine Land wrote about it.

This is one of the biggest reasons why sites which are originally good become spammy after they have tasted the traffic dose from Google. My one and only suggestion to Google is to not display Google News results in search results. Give everyone a level playing field and you will automatically see less spam in your index.

Of course, Google wants to do all the real-time fancy stuff too, so just display the Google News results there or post a link to the Google News search or provide it as an option, that too opt-in and not opt-out.

Once Google does this, we will all see less spam in the index. Removing websites from listings is just a way of telling publishers that we control the internet and will do as we want without caring about you. Sadly that is the attitude Google has right now.

View Google AdSense Earnings for Different Geo-locations/Countries

is no doubt one of the biggest ad networks which is used by millions of websites. Google AdSense’s reports are real-time and provide a comprehensive view of the impressions and number of clicks a website generates. However, one important thing missing in Google AdSense is geo-location based reporting which will help a webmaster to know how AdSense performs in different countries.

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In my experience, knowing country wise performance of advertising networks has helped me to replace certain ads in certain countries with higher performing ones, thus helping me increase my revenues. I do that using Google DFP, for which I am writing a guide, you might want to know the benefits of using Google DFP too.

Coming back to the topic, is there a way to find AdSense performance based on geo-location? Yes, there is, using Google Analytics. Before you use this trick, there are two requisites:

  1. You have to use Google Analytics for your site. If you don’t sign up here.
  2. You have to link your Google Analytics and Google AdSense accounts. If you don’t know how, read this help forum topic.

If you fulfill both of these requirements, dive straight into knowing the performance of Google AdSense based on geo-location below. If not, you will have to wait a few days before you can start seeing this data.

Google Analytics Map Overlay

To see how AdSense is performing in any country, head over to your analytics account and view the analytics for the site you want to get this data for. Click on the “Visitors” link in the right hand side and then click on the “Map Overlay” link.

Google Analytics Country Breakup

On the Map Overlay page, scroll down till you see links for the countries and click on the country you want to see the AdSense performance for. Once you do that, you will see a city/region wise breakup for that particular country.

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In the country view, click on the “None” dimension link and select any of the dimensions from the available list. You can click on any one of them. Once you do that a new report will load based on that dimension.

On this page, you will now see an additional tab which displays the AdSense revenue for that particular geo-location or country to you. This data might be an estimate but it does provide you with a way to check on how AdSense is performing in a particular country, city or region.

Google Analytics Country AdSense Revenue

With this data in hand, you can easily replace Google AdSense units with higher performing ones in those countries. Of course, everything is trial and error so you have to make your own judgments here. However, hopefully this guide should help you target your ads better and maximize your revenues.

Why Is Chrome Winning And Firefox Losing Market Share?

, once the darling of the tech and IT crowd is slowly but surely losing love from the same people who used it because of the crappy Internet Explorer. In the years since it launched, Firefox has become a browser loved and used by a broader range of people. At one point of time, Firefox looked all set to conquer the world and overtake IE.

Firefox vs Google Chrome

However, in the past two years, a browser called has been making dents into both Firefox and IE’s market share. The browser which is barely 2 years old almost has 10% market share. This is definitely something that is worth talking about.

Also Read: Google Chrome Extensions vs. Firefox Add-ons: Head to Head Comparison

So where is Chrome winning users from? Chrome is winning over the same users that Firefox stole from IE, the tech and IT crowd. This has been made more than clear with recent Tech powerhouse sites like TechCrunch and Techmeme reporting that most of their users now use Google Chrome, pushing Firefox to the second position.

So why this change? When Firefox came out more than 6 years ago, it brought about a fresh perspective to a software in which we spent most of our time in on a computer. It also introduced which made our lives easier. However, with all those additions, Firefox in itself started to become bloated, eating precious memory and CPU.

Once Chrome came in, it defined a minimalistic approach to browsing. It got rid of unwanted toolbars and presented users with a simple way of browsing and searching. It also brought a much more sleeker look which helped users focus more on what they needed to have rather than what they should have had.

One of the key reasons people I had talked to who were not switching to Chrome was the lack of extensions, which made them stick with Firefox. However, once Chrome came out with extensions, many users switched to it. Top that with cloud sync and security and it made Chrome a darling of the tech crowd.

Frankly speaking, for the past two years I have used Firefox only when necessary. I hate the fact that it is so bloated that it makes me less productive than I would like to be.

I would say that Mozilla and Nokia are two similar companies who were sitting on the top of the pile, but have been struggling to keep up ever since competition has cropped up. I admit that does provide a better experience, however, people would now ask the question; Why should I switch to Firefox 4 from Chrome when they have delaying it for so long and Chrome is dedicated to adding features every 6 weeks?

Once again, Chrome is bound to grow leaps and bounds in the future. With the Google Web Store around the corner, it would bring more and more people towards it. Alas, Firefox 4 is still a long way from release, hopefully once it comes out it should make the competition more even.

In the end, this is my honest opinion about a browser I loved at one point of time. I have been struggling to find reasons to use it now and I feel that several other users do the same which is why Chrome is gaining over Firefox. There are few questions though which only you can answer. Do you use Google Chrome? Do you prefer it over Firefox now? Would you switch back to Firefox 4 when it comes out? Do let me know your thoughts.