We get asked, “when are you gonna make a firefox extension” a lot – by potential investors, partners, and customers.
“It doesn’t look like we should.”
GASP! Yeah, that’s right. Unless something drastic changes in the chart below, ideally we’d like to never make a FireFox extension.
There’s one simple graph and one not-so-simple reason.
Below is an often-cited graph showing worldwide browser usage over the last three years:
Chrome made big news when it finally became the biggest non-IE browser. But FireFox is no joke – that’s quite a big chunk, and FireFox’s population is reputably big on extensions.
So why in the world do we say we’ll do Outlook before we think about Firefox?? Isn’t FireFox the world center of extensions? Early adopters?
When we look at this graph, we don’t look only at the absolute numbers. We look at the trends. Yes, Chrome is going up and FireFox is going down, but again it’s not the future of the absolute numbers that we’re excited about either.
FIreFox has been the classic go-to platform for browser extensions for a simple reason: “that’s where the adopters are.” That’s where you’ll find people who look for technology that can solve their problems.
And when we look at this graph, we intuit that the people who gave FireFox its fantastic reputation for extensions and its active community – well, those people, they’ve moved to Chrome.
And we intuit that the people still left on FireFox will disproportionately include those who were late to the party to begin with. Parents, grandparents, schools, university computers. In short, not Ecquire’s target customers.
So, we think there’s going to be a long way to go before we run out of potential customers in the Chrome store. We’re glad we hitched our wagon to Chrome first, not just because of user quantity, but because of quality.
*If you do use FireFox/Safari and really really want to use Ecquire, our install process will automatically suggest you install Chrome.
** One day, when we exhaust all market segments and have nowhere else to grow, maybe then we’ll do a FireFox plugin. Even then, we’re much more likely to do an Outlook plugin first.