There’s been a lot of posts on the Web about the forthcoming mobile apocalypse (Mobipocalypse?), where people will browse the Web with nothing but tablets, smartphones and whatever the next generation of mobile devices will bring. “The desktop is doomed!” “Is your website ready for the mobile masses?” The variations are many, but the message is the same: nobody wants desktops (or, by extension, laptops) anymore and we’d better get our developer rears in gear before the mobile revolution runs us over.
I may yet be run over, but it seems that mobile isn’t going to be primary real soon: 90% of internet activity worldwide occurs on the desktop. No, you are not allowed to use this as an excuse to not to deal with your mobile users. That’s not even the point of this post. Rather, what you should consider, after that bit of data, is this chart:
Knowing that the majority of your library’s patrons are still viewing your library’s online stuff via a desktop browser should give you a reason to stop and consider how they’re doing it.
For many, I think the fact that Chrome has surpassed every other browser may be a surprise. I know that some libraries have already provided Firefox as an alternative browser for their patrons, inside library buildings. Some librarians have even told me that they’ve hidden the Internet Explorer icon or removed it completely, in an attempt to get people to use a better browser. It seems that not many offer the choice of Chrome to their patrons. Why?
What does this mean to me, Laura?
If your library uses (or has consciously decided not to use) Google Chrome, please post the reason(s) in the comments.