Top Ranking Applications (Wakoopa)

By | April 28, 2009

TechCrunch Writes

“As a service whose sole purpose is the track the applications that people actually use on their systems, it should be no surprise that Wakoopa has a lot of interesting usage data. On a day to day level, Wakoopa’s data is good, but it’s the aggregate data over long periods of time that can be really meaningful to show how we are using our computers. Today, Wakoopa has released the first such aggregate data with its inaugural State of the Apps report.”

Also not a good sign for Microsoft: The older you are, the more likely you are to use IE. In the youngest age group, 11 to 20 year olds, even smaller browsers like Opera beat it. IE has been losing market share at a steady pace for the past several years.


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  1. TT says:

    If only they could release their Linux agent…

  2. Jan Wolter says:

    So am I understanding correctly that this data is collected from users who voluntarily install some Wakoopa spyware that monitors their computer usage? No sane IT manager would allow that, so this is mostly home computers. Even among home users, it’s obviously tilted toward users who are unusually willing to install software off the web on their computers, which accounts for the wild numbers for Google Chrome and other free-ware browsers. I think this is another example of completely worthless data, since it samples only a small and atypical subset of users.

  3. TT says:

    Go cry some more Wolter…
    People use Wakoopa for the same reason they use and other similar services.

  4. Ogden2k says:

    I agree with Jan, this “ranking” is horribly unbalanced.

  5. Jan Wolter says:

    Come on, TT. Do you really believe that Google Chrome is used twice as much as IE? If so, why do other stats show IE sixty times more popular than Chrome?

    Looking at the wakoopa site, they advertise that they will help you find better alternatives to the software you are using by monitoring it and giving you access to reviews by other users.

    So Wakoopa users are clearly people who are actively looking for different software to use. This makes them a minority. Most users would rather stick with something familiar even if it isn’t the best possible tool for the job. So we have an odd sample to start with, and then all these users have been exposed to a lot of user reviews. Basically they’ve had the pluses and minuses of different browsers explained to them. So these stats are *after* a marketing effort, maybe balanced marketing effort, and maybe not.

    So maybe you could read this as predictor of the future. You could entertain the theory that the more conservative users who pay less attention to alternatives will, in the long run, drift in the same direction as these less conservative users. But that’s a pretty bogus theory. None of the browsers are static. IE, in particular, is changing. By the time the conservative users are ready to move, the landscape will be different.

  6. Wakoopa, includes the most used applications on Windows, Mac and the Web. It is based on the activity of 75,000 participating users.

  7. Top right- Facebook beats Gmail? Really?!? We use gmail every day to keep in touch, at work, to get to google docs- and Facebook beats it? Of course I use both, but what does this say about how the population communicates? And this isn’t home usage data, at least half of this is work computers. Wow.

  8. sem says:

    That is crazy that Facebook is at the top of the overall web usage. Social media networks attract people of all ages, from all parts of the world now. I never would have thought that Facebook would have more usage then Google search, which is primarily used by 70% plus of users when performing search engine searches.