Which internet browser should you use in general and for internet marketing in particular? Using the best browser available can make a difference in productivity.
Chrome versus Firefox-the Browser Wars
Until not so long ago most people involved in internet marketing in one form or another, including those learning it, were predominantly using the Firefox browser.
It was heavily recommended in different internet gurus courses and it was an undisputed winner.
It worked very well and had a large number of useful plug ins available for it.
When the Chrome came on the scene it seemed like most people didn’t pay that much attention to it at first. I certainly didn’t pay too much attention even though I downloaded and installed it in order to have an idea of what it was like.
But I continued using Firefox most of the time and exclusively for posting new posts on my blog.
Then one day when I was writing a blog post and adding videos to it something strange and weird happened. Without me doing anything to cause it the browser bar from the top of Firefox appeared inside of my new blog post and I couldn’t get rid of it without deleting the whole post. I tried several times to do everything else but the bar kept on reappearing.
So finally I tried using the Chrome browser, for the first time, to write a post on my blog and it went smoothly. No unwanted bar appeared and my trust in Chrome started growing just as my trust in Firefox was shaken.
As many of you may know a few weeks ago the Google Bar stopped working on Firefox browser because Google won’t support it anymore there.
It looks like a browser war to me. It may or may not be but the fact is that Firefox’s appeal will suffer because of it.
If I were a lone internet marketer who does no live networking I’d be crushed by events like this.
How Live Internet Marketing Networking Helps
Luckily, doing a lot of live internet marketing networking with local bloggers and marketers I’m able to handle things much better.
You can find out more about the importance of live internet marketing networking in the many posts I wrote about it on this blog starting with 5 Reasons For IM Networking and Meeting People Live.
Another good post to read is Internet Marketing Event Networking that even includes a short interview I did with one of the best known and most successful internet marketers in the UK, Lee McIntyre.
Choosing the Best Internet Marketing Tools is Easier When Discussed Live
As you will see in the video below, it helps to be able to discuss things with fellow marketers. Choosing a browser, for example, is easier when you talk to others and hear what their experience with different browsers is.
Since that discussion shown in the video above, Firefox 4 is no longer the newest version. The browser is already several versions up at Firefox 7. Update January 11, 2012: Today I updated to Firefox 9.0.1 after strong and repeated urging from them. As usual something is not working as well as it did in the previous version, in my case it was Firefox 8 (one version up from when I first wrote this post). With the newest version, Firefox 9.0.1 the icons in my bookmarks are not showing. Basic stuff. It makes me wonder why they don’t check things are working before pushing it down people’s throats. Update February 12, 2012: I updated to Firefox 10.0.1. The bookmarks icons now show again.
Update March 09, 2012: I have found a flaw or a bug with Chrome for Mac (I don’t use one for Windows), Firefox for Windows and all major browsers for both systems with the exception of Firefox for Mac. What’s the flaw? When you go to YouTube, the new design that everyone started to be changed to as of March 07, 2012 and click on the Most Popular Videos tab instead of seeing the page with most popular videos you will still see the videos page as before except that the number of uploaded videos will be 37. This number 37 shows on every channel regardless of how many videos they uploaded. I have 352 uploaded videos right now for example. The only browser that works when you click on the Most Popular Videos tab is Firefox for Mac. If you use Chrome for Windows please let me know if it works or not. This may not be just a browser problem but since Firefox for Mac works it is at least partly a Chrome for Mac browser imperfection. Other browsers have the same issue. I wonder how long it will take for YouTube and Google to fix the problem. I did send them a bug report early morning March 08, 2012.
Update March 15, 2012: YouTube and Google have fixed the flaw or bug described in March 09 update above. It’s fixed not only for Chrome but for the other browsers as well. It took them a week. Good job.
The above updates just show that no browser is 100 % perfect. A browser may be perfect temporarily until the next issue with it comes up.
Changing versions so frequently is one of the things that I personally don’t like about Firefox. Sometimes the plug ins stop working when you install the newest version.
And when you happen to have an older computer that doesn’t support the newer Firefox version they keep on bugging you to install it anyway for months or even years.
You may be interested to know that John Chow for example doesn’t use Firefox browser at all anymore.
How about you?
What is your favorite browser, is it Firefox or Chrome? Is there a browser other than the two mentioned that you prefer?
Please comment on these things in the comments section and then tweet and bookmark this post to engage others.
How are you doing with social media like Facebook and Google+ ?
Authored by Vance Sova
Filed under: Internet Marketing Tools