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Browser Wars & Technology (how many of these do you know?)

October 14, 2010

In case you missed it last week, the latest browser news was that Internet Explorer market share dipped below 50% for the first time in a long time.  While that’s not too significant (many of us are on computers for which the default browser is still IE6), what’s interesting is that #3 in the browser market is now Chrome.  One year ago,  Chrome’s market share was 3.7%.  Now it’s 11.5% and growing fast.

Personally, I use Chrome as my primary browser for a variety of reasons, including speed, integration with Gmail & auto-translation on the fly – but if you needed another reason to use Chrome, their upcoming version (8) adds Google Instant to the search bar, speeding up search results slightly more…

While on the topic of technology – one thing that startups have tried to address, but with middling success, is one thing that librarians pride themselves on – providing the right answers to questions.  Still, as librarians, it’s good to keep up with what’s going on as experts.

How many of these services are you proficient to talk to? (and have you checked them out lately?)

  • Aardvark
  • Answers.com
  • Answerbag
  • Ask Q&A
  • Askville/Amazon
  • ChaCha
  • MerchantCircle Answers
  • Facebook Questions
  • Hunch
  • kgb
  • JustAnswer
  • LinkedIn Answers
  • Quora
  • Yahoo Answers

Of course, this is not a comprehensive list – feel free to add others in the comments 🙂

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