I'm going to start off by saying I'm not a statistics professional and the picture I'm presenting could be off, maybe way off. But I think there's still value in trying to understand the make-up of the Web over time and so I'm hoping this post will prompt more discussion -- and more data (please!)
The chart above is a mash up of about 40 different data sources from usage, to market share, to installed base, for browsers, internet connected computers, and operating systems. Working through all that data, I was able to come up with something that I think approximates the Web's user growth and browser changes over the last 13 years.
As I said in the opening, I might be off but I think it's still a worthwhile pursuit.
The first thing that really jumps out at me is that Netscape, for all its early success, was used by relatively few people. The pie was just a lot smaller at the end of the last century.
The second thing that jumps out is that the blue IE shape kinda looks like the Twitter Fail Whale :-) We just need a year or so of them actually losing users in absolute terms.
What do you all think?