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Rob Utley <[log in to unmask]>
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Rob Utley <[log in to unmask]>
Fri, 9 Jun 2000 10:05:44 +0100
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An update to the previous summary posted - the key changes being that I
found The Counter's described methodology and so have bumped them up to 5
stars, and EchoEcho are no longer presenting their own statistics (mostly
they quote The Counter) so I have dropped them to 3 stars.

Other site descriptions are up-to-date for the time of the *first* posting -
2 March 2000


I  have compiled the Stats. Sites  list below in "star" order - I should say
that the starrings are assigned by the subjective criteria of how near a
replacement  to the StatMarket service of up-to-date, at-a-glance usage
statistics covering browsers, system os's, plug-ins, monitor resolutions
etc. the site is *and* of how reliable the methodology appears to be.  You
may find a low-starred site actually most relevant to your own needs.

In *all* cases, of course, the stat.s presented are at best dubious.  As one
site advises:

 "Statistics can mislead: different sites attract different visitors;
different surveys  use different methodologies. Statistics like these,
therefore, should only be used  as very rough predictors. " (Chuck Upsdell,
Browser News)


InfoQuest! Internet Surveys and Statistics
Large list of internet survey and statistics sites with description of
contents, including some of those mentioned in this mail but also many
others.  Doesn't give analysis of reliability (but then neither do I)

Smaller list with briefer descriptions, some overlap with InfoQuest and with
this mail.

Statistics Sites

WebSnapShot *****
Closest to StatMarket - covers similar ground with similar methodology
("millions of visitors to  tens of thousands of web sites"), gives graphical
presentations of results, even has Stat of The Week.

(e.g. "Finding Methods: current statistics for the most popular ways in
which web sites  are accessed:
               Bookmarked 37%
               Links 33%
               Internal 23%
               Search Engines 4%
               Other 0% ")

The Counter *****

Website Counter software firm giving monthly "global statistics" in the
StatMarket areas and deriving its figures with essentially the same
methodology - summated findings of their statistic-software clients.

(e.g.                "Javascript 1.2+: 384934789 (77%)
                         Javascript <1.2: 16027347 (3%)
                         Javascript false: 96648812 (19%)" )

Browser News *****
Fine, fast, sceptical presentation of browser-oriented  stats resource
reporting from multiple sources.

(e.g. "Browser Stats This Week:
The Counter -    IE5 45%,  IE4 31%, NN4 19%, IE3 1.5% ...
Web Snapshot - IE5 54%, IE4 22%, NN4 11%, NN3 1.6% ...")

EchoEcho ***
Selection of at-a-glance stats quoted from a range of sources, covers very
similar ground to StatMarket, albeit without the graphical presentation and

1: 56% : 800x600
2: 26% : 1024x768
3: 12% : 640x480
4: 02% : 1280x1024 ")

(All this *and* useful-looking tutorials, tools and documentation for the
web-site builder)

Nua Internet Surveys ***

Trends material covers broad range of areas with useful reports, nicely
categorised.  News lead, of course, but archives searchable.

(e.g. "Although Internet users frequently complain about
                receiving unsolicited email advertisements, 14
                percent of consumers in an Ernst & Young survey
                said they will actually go to a site listed in a spam
                email. While it is not clear whether it is out of anger
                or interest, users click on email advertisements 3 to
                10 times more often than they click on banners. " )

Also have
- graphical presentation of latest trends a la StatMarket ( )
which are authoritative but not topical (e.g. latest browser statistics are
for 1998)
- demographic information

NetFolder **
"Poll of polls" graph of browser use compiled from free stats sites and a
paid stat service for Feb 99 through to Dec 99.  Don't know if this will be
updated subsequently.

Cyber Atlas **
Trends news covering similar ground to Nua altho' with less refined
categorisation and less humility as to the accuracy of the numbers given.  (
Found site to be very slow also - although may have caught it on a bad day)

(e.g. "Nearly 5 million African-American adults are online in the US,
according to Cyber Dialogue, and research shows they are intensive music
shoppers and seekers of online entertainment.")  "eStatsmaster" *
Marketing-focussed weekly column wherein  the "Statmaster"  sifts through
the weekly stats  and "serves up in his  easily digestible piece"

(e.g. "IDC sees strong growth in internet services in Latin America in the
coming years.
        From a modest $1.1 billion in 1998, followed by a 22% increase last
year, services
        will generate $8.1 billion in revenue in 2004: ")

Inktomi *
 Presents selected statistics from their Web crawling operations
Percentage of documents in English: 86.55%
Percentage of documents in French: 2.36%
Percentage of documents in Dutch: 0.54%

Web server market share:
Apache 60.33%
Microsoft-IIS 25.26%
Netscape-Enterprise 3.79%
Rapidsite 2.07% )

Cognitiative *
Gives report précis of consumer research undertaken by the company.  Summary
*doesn't* include how survey enacted or number of respondents so difficult
to judge what confidence to have in the reported  statistics.  Can buy full

(e.g."(M)ore than 90% of the survey's consumers indicate
        that their online holiday shopping experiences met or exceeded their
        expectations and 80% expect their online shopping activities to
        increase this year."

Recommended but couldn't find any internet-wide statistics on site and the
site searches didn't seem to be functioning.

Robert Utley
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