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Daring Fireball, Talking Points Memo, Technologizer, and Macworld recently posted some information about what operating systems and browsers their readers are using. Here’s the report for

OS statistics

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The general trends are obvious here. Mac usage among readers has risen โ€” over the past year in particular โ€” while Windows usage has fallen by the same amount. Forty percent of all readers now use a Mac.

The adoption rate of Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6) by readers is less than that of Daring Fireball readers. Of Mac users who visit, 47.4% are on 10.5, 34.4% are on 10.6, 8.1% on 10.4, 4.0% on 10.4 (PPC) and 3.7% on 10.5 (PPC). Among Windows visitors, 61.9% are still using XP compared to 32.6% on Vista.

Browser statistics

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The numbers for Firefox and IE are falling while Safari and Chrome usage are surging. The Safari nummbers are surprising to me…Safari is not a new browser but its usage by readers has increased by more than 60% in the past year. I predict Chrome will surge in the next 12 months to overtake IE.

Two miscellaneous things

1. Google is ruling the search space more than ever. 93.2% of the incoming search traffic to comes from Google. That’s up from 91.2% a year ago and 83.7% two years ago (!!). Bing is second with 3.4% (MSN and Live combined for 5% two years ago) and Yahoo is a very sad third at 1.5% (they were at 6.9% two years ago).

2. Twitter now accounts for 2.9% of all traffic to while Facebook is 0.9%. That’s understandable considering I invest a lot of time on Twitter and almost none on Facebook. For reference, StumbleUpon is at 6.5% and incoming Google search traffic is 25.5%.