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Opera vs. Firefox

December 28, 2006

I was having a little fun today doing an unscientific Opera vs. Firefox comparison. We always see the feature-by-feature comparisons among the top browsers; let’s try another kind of comparison. Unfortunately for Opera, it lost badly. 😦

Articles on Digg’s homepage with the term “Opera” or “Firefox” in the titles over the past year:
Firefox: 301
Opera: 113

Articles that were posted on Slashdot over the past year containing the term “Opera” or “Firefox“:
Firefox: 146
Opera: 45

Blog posts containing the terms “Opera browser” or “Firefox browser“:
Technorati:
Firefox: 200,752
Opera: 68,584

Google Blog Search
Firefox: 192,964
Opera: 75,453

Webpages that were updated during the past year contain the terms “Opera browser” or “Firefox browser“:
Google
Firefox: 145,000,000
Opera: 83,700,000

Yahoo
Firefox: 34,300,000
Opera: 24,100,000

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  1. December 28, 2006 at 5:27 pm

    What is good not necessary to be commented. 🙂

  2. Ryan
    December 28, 2006 at 5:36 pm

    Umm, what exactly is the point of this post? It does not have any relavance to which browser is better, only how much press it has potentially received. And we all know how the press can be a “bit” biased. Of course, it does show that you will have a busy year next year. 😛

  3. December 28, 2006 at 6:00 pm

    You should include “wii browser” too 😀

  4. December 28, 2006 at 6:02 pm

    You can try to divide your results by the respective percentageof use of each browser (1.5% for Opera and 29.9% for Firefox).

    For instance, the number of articles on Slashdot becomes:
    Firefox: 488
    Opera: 3000

    Now, Opera wins :p .

  5. December 28, 2006 at 6:21 pm

    I think you can cut the number of times people have mentioned Firefo in half, as it is probably just mentions like the once you just did… 😉

  6. Dava
    December 28, 2006 at 6:44 pm

    Although FF gets more press in the above stats, how much of it is useful press. Take the FF fanboy postings and what are we left with?

    Dava

  7. December 28, 2006 at 7:00 pm

    Umm, what exactly is the point of this post?

    Ryan, as I said above, I was just having a little fun. Obviously this comparison means absolutely nothing. 🙂

  8. Jezetha
    December 28, 2006 at 7:16 pm

    Well, the comparison does mean something, I think. Opera still needs some serious awareness-lifting. Its undoubted qualities need to register in the general computer user’s mind much more often and more deeply.

    As Ryan said – you have a busy year ahead of you, Daniel!

  9. vect
    December 28, 2006 at 8:36 pm

    Surprised you didn’t include Google Trends, another somewhat interesting but mostly useless measure 😉

  10. December 28, 2006 at 9:29 pm

    If Opera came preinstalled on Windows Vista computers, Opera would get a lot more use. Unfortunately, Opera’s pocketbook isn’t as big as AOL’s.

    If it didn’t cost an arm and a leg, Opera could consider making a deal with Dell to be a potential browser to preinstall on computers, along with Firefox, maybe. Dell might just be an option…

  11. Ryan
    December 28, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    Ryan, as I said above, I was just having a little fun. Obviously this comparison means absolutely nothing.

    Hehe. I guess that’s alright. I’ve done searches like these before too. It’s just that I always hate finding the results.

  12. Jacky
    December 28, 2006 at 10:42 pm

    Try searching for the term “browser” in Google and you’ll certainly know which browser is Google’s favourite.

  13. Kc4
    December 29, 2006 at 2:36 am

    While wii are including the “wii browser”, wii should also add “DS Browser”, “Opera Mini”, “Opera Mobile”, “Opera Community”, “My Opera”, “My Opera Community”… too be fair wii could also add “Firefox Community” too.

  14. Kc4
    December 29, 2006 at 2:40 am

    Oh and we also need to do “Nintendo Wii browser”, “Nintendo Wii Internet Channel”, “Nintendo DS browser”, …

    Try searching for the term “browser” in Google and you’ll certainly know which browser is Google’s favourite.

    FF comes first!

  15. dogdo
    December 29, 2006 at 6:14 am

    Try searching for the term “browser” in Google and you’ll certainly know which browser is Google’s favourite

    You make it sound like google is ‘rigging the search. The search is based upon popularity and relevance. I’m sure if Opera was very popular and holding a bigger market share than firefox, the search results would be different.

  16. December 29, 2006 at 7:04 am

    Try searching for the term “browser” in Google and you’ll certainly know which browser is Google’s favourite.

    In France, the first search result is… Avant Browser 😉 (on a download site). Followed by Firefox, Crazy Browser, and then Opera.

    But it’s known that Google supports Firefox (for financial reasons?), since it’s included in the Google Pack.

  17. bluee
    December 29, 2006 at 7:28 am

    Opera is for professionals.

  18. EC
    December 29, 2006 at 11:02 am

    I think that the proper gauge of how the browser is fairing out there in the world is how many times Opera as of late has been mentioned in the press, without the explanation “another alternative to Internet Explorer, which includes tabs, rss feeds, and email right inside the browser”.

    I think that the number of times Opera is mentioned without that tidbit of information is growing, and that means that Opera is becoming more and more recognized, at least like that of Safari and it now has a name for itself – and its work cut out for 2007.

    Good luck!

  19. December 29, 2006 at 3:47 pm

    interesting!

  20. newbie user
    December 29, 2006 at 5:16 pm

    after trying all browsers….. i can’t use other browser beside opera its like a swiss knife 🙂

    yea maybe ff got tons of useless feature but for idiot like me that browser took ages to open and render so slow

    Opera ROCK

  21. Rhonnysparks
    December 30, 2006 at 1:09 am

    Well the stats just show that firefox is more popular and more talked about that opera – which is no surprise. In fact I’m sure internet explorer would have alot of posts and/or articles (probably about past security vulnerabilities). And in no way should anyway equate popularity with quality. I’m happy using a real alternative browser.

    Opera could consider making a deal with Dell to be a potential browser to preinstall on computers, along with Firefox, maybe. Dell might just be an option…

    Although that would be awesome, Dell are strongly connected with M$ and I doubt would be able to promote one of their competitors. I have a friend who works for dell and he has m$ written on the back of his t-shirt and they all use ie7 on the computers. I even asked him why they didn’t install another browser and he looked at me as if I was crazy.

    Try searching for the term “browser” in Google and you’ll certainly know which browser is Google’s favourite.

    “browser” is such an ambiguous term try searching “web browser” in google and see what comes first.

  22. M
    December 31, 2006 at 4:47 am

    I’m posting this here, because I can’t do it anywhere else. For some reason, the page gets cut off immediately after the YouTube video.

    Anyone knows what the problem might be?

  23. January 1, 2007 at 1:42 am

    I typed “web browser” in Google and Opera came up as the first and second result.

  24. January 2, 2007 at 5:29 pm

    @Dan: same here. For the record (since results change over time), the results I see today for “web browser” are:

    1. Opera home page
    2. Opera download page
    3. Firefox
    4. Mozilla Foundation
    5. Wikipedia entry for “Web browser”
    6. IE
    7. Old location for IE (which really shouldn’t be in the index, since it redirects to #6)
    8. Netscape
    9. Safari
    10. Konqueror

    Plus Google seems to randomly advertise their Firefox+Toolbar and IE7+Toolbar combos.

    I tried some related searches, and was astonished to find my own site the first hit for “alternative browser.” Definitely a thrill to that! (Though it drops down to #6 if you add “web” to the phrase.) Also surprising was that 4 of the top 10 results for “opera” were related to the browser, not to music—including the top 3.

  25. Andy
    January 13, 2007 at 1:49 pm

    It always down to person prefrence, ive tried all and opera has been my browser for over 1 year keep up the good work 😉

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