About 37% percent of the times TBP was viewed over the past month the reader was using Internet Explorer.
As the whole editorial team at the Bilerico Project uses Macs except for yours truly, I thought I'd point out that just because you're using Windows doesn't mean you have to be using IE. Jerame got me off IE over a year ago and onto Firefox, which was even a much better browser than IE even before Firefox 3 was released last year (which was even better).
The point is, I was using IE at that point because it was already installed in Windows and I didn't see a need to change, even though there are a variety of quality, free browsers out there that had features that far exceeded that iteration of IE. I just didn't know and didn't think it was important enough to change, but I was wrong.
Over these past two weeks, I started playing around with a few browsers, including IE8, and I have to confess, I'm in love with Google Chrome. (Download it free, and I gush about it after the jump.)
You can learn more about its innovative features over at Chrome's site. I wanted to highlight a few here. (And no, I'm not being paid by Google for this, I just really like their browser!)
While they talk about their Omnibox (where you used to put in the URL you also get suggestions based on Google search results and your browsing history, and they're actually useful) and tabs-as-new-browsers and speed, the most impressive change from other browsers, to me, is the lack of toolbar across the top and the frame along the bottom. With my laptop's 13-inch screen, this gives me about an extra half-inch of space to view websites. Large pictures and articles are more easily seen with all this space, and scanning blogs, which I spend a lot of time doing, is just that much easier.
It also includes an "incognito" mode that Mac users would recognize from Safari. It lets you surf the internet without any information appearing in your history or saving any cookies. It's cute to see the marketing information tip-toe around a feature so obviously made for browsing porn (Google says: "For times when you want to browse in stealth mode, for example, to plan surprises like gifts or birthdays, Google Chrome offers the incognito browsing mode." Mm-hmm, they made an entire new type of browsing experience to buy surprise presents, I'm sure).
There are many other, smaller features features that keep surprising me. For instance, if you "ctrl-f" a page, little marks will appear on the scrollbar at each appearance of the word, which makes guessing where what you really want to find is a whole lot easier. It's great for long blocks of text that change topics quickly, like the front pages of blogs.
Downloads are also faster and less intrusive than they are in Firefox. Click on what you want and a little down arrow will appear in the lower left instantly and let you know when it's done.
I could go on and on about how much I love Google Chrome (and I did this past week on AIM, as Bil Browning can attest to), but why don't you just give it a try? It's free!
If you need any extra motivation, Google just filed an amicus brief supporting the plaintiffs in the suits to overturn Prop 8.