The percentage of Mac users of MetaFilter August 23, 2012 1:30 PM   Subscribe

Is the percentage of MetaFilter visitors using OS X or iOS higher, lower, or equivalent to the 9.5% of computer users in general?
posted by Egg Shen to MetaFilter-Related at 1:30 PM (42 comments total)

This number is going to be skewed by the fact that the moderators primarily [though not exclusively] use Macs, so when running the stats we'd have to try to find a way to somehow discount our participation.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 1:35 PM on August 23, 2012


What about those of us who access the site in multiple ways? Between my wife and I, we use iOS, OS X, Android, Windows and two flavors of Linux. Do we cancel ourselves out? :)
posted by zarq at 1:47 PM on August 23, 2012


Here's the OS chart from Google Analytics for www. That's over the last 30 days. Looks like it's around 41% if you combine Mac and iOS. It's a little lower for Ask, around 37%.
posted by pb (staff) at 1:49 PM on August 23, 2012 [3 favorites]


We're also smarter and handsomer than computer users in general.
posted by griphus at 1:53 PM on August 23, 2012 [5 favorites]


pb, let's talk about something important. Where can I get some of that blackberry cobbler?
posted by OmieWise at 1:57 PM on August 23, 2012 [9 favorites]


OmieWise: "Where can I get some of that blackberry cobbler?"

Seconded. It looks delicious.
posted by zarq at 1:59 PM on August 23, 2012


heh, sometimes I want to leave foursquare tips for my house. "Get the cobbler during blackberry season!"
posted by pb (staff) at 2:00 PM on August 23, 2012 [6 favorites]


Hey so that recipes-in-MeTa moratorium can be stayed for the five minutes it'll take pb to give us the recipe.
posted by griphus at 2:04 PM on August 23, 2012


Sorry, this cobbler was so good that I asked my wife about the recipe and she said she winged it. It was a one of a kind.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:07 PM on August 23, 2012


I must say I'm disappointed that you didn't bring enough for the whole site. ;)
posted by zarq at 2:11 PM on August 23, 2012


Although I'm both an iOS and OS X user in my personal life, I'm a Windows user at work, and guess which platform gets more MeFi airtime? [don't tell my boss]
posted by Doleful Creature at 2:19 PM on August 23, 2012 [5 favorites]


jessamyn: "This number is going to be skewed by the fact that the moderators primarily [though not exclusively] use Macs, so when running the stats we'd have to try to find a way to somehow discount our participation."

Really? Either MeFi traffic is much lower than I thought or you guys are hitting command-R a lot...
posted by mkultra at 2:28 PM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


I look via BlackBerry sometimes. So I'm in the 1% for something, anyway. And Google Chrome, is it really so underused?!
posted by chavenet at 2:29 PM on August 23, 2012


> And Google Chrome, is it really so underused?!

That means Chrome OS, I think, not the cross-platform web browser of the same name.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:30 PM on August 23, 2012


chavenet: "And Google Chrome, is it really so underused?!"

That's Chrome OS, not the browser. It's only (I think) on Chromebooks right now.
posted by mkultra at 2:30 PM on August 23, 2012


> It's only (I think) on Chromebooks right now.

I have a VM of Chrome OS on my Mac! It's one of the more useless things in my house.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:31 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Really?

Hitting command-r is pretty much my main job description and we have some pages that auto-refresh that might be a noticeable blip, but possibly not.

I was just surprised once, at a library job, where I realized that my specific desktop's footprint was a visible entity when running the library's website stats. Says more about the library website than my activity possibly. But if we were limiting to just logged in users I'd be curious if the mods' collective reloads could be seen.
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 2:34 PM on August 23, 2012


Hitting command-r is pretty much my main job description

Still, if that three-times-market-share percentage is correct, it must be safe to say that MeFi users are disproportionately likely to be Apple users.
posted by Egg Shen at 2:46 PM on August 23, 2012


That is an interesting question. I am probably the least Mac-y mod (my desktop is a PC and I only use the Air at work a couple times a month) but if we roll iOS in I'm probably up there a bunch.
posted by restless_nomad (staff) at 2:48 PM on August 23, 2012


Is it possible to get an Analytics snapshot of after-hours browsing (in N. American timezones, sorry)? I would bet that percentage of Windows users shrinks when people use their personal Macs rather than company-issued Windows boxes.
posted by Burhanistan at 2:48 PM on August 23, 2012


If a mod is logged in and viewing the site as a mod we don't load Google Analytics. So these stats aren't skewed by mod use.

No, we don't have a great OS/time of day report ready to go.
posted by pb (staff) at 2:51 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Note also, that the OS piechart is by visit and not pageview. So, for instance, although a mod may hit refresh more on a thread than the average user, most of those views will count as 1 visit. Or would if ganalytics loaded for them.
posted by Phredward at 3:01 PM on August 23, 2012


And of course some people contribute in many categories in a single day.

Most days I would have at least 1 visit each from Windows, Linux, Android, and ChromeOS.
posted by wildcrdj at 3:16 PM on August 23, 2012


Huh...I guess I'm the only one using Commodore 64 BASIC V2.
posted by rocket88 at 3:17 PM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


There's a mistake with that pie chart – I think they forgot to put in the category for people browsing Mefi from Lisp machines.
posted by koeselitz at 3:24 PM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


And of course some people contribute in many categories in a single day.

Same here: Ubuntu at work, Windows at home and Android wherever. IT keeps threatening me with a Mac Mini but so far I've successfully resisted.
posted by octothorpe at 3:33 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


There's a mistake with that pie chart – I think they forgot to put in the category for people browsing Mefi from Lisp machines.

That's part of the same conspiracy that makes everyone write software in C or Java or Python even though Lisp is obviously better.
posted by aubilenon at 3:35 PM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


It also doesn't include everyone clever enough to block google analytics.
posted by crunchland at 3:37 PM on August 23, 2012


Google keeps a separate set of stats just for those people.
posted by cortex (staff) at 3:39 PM on August 23, 2012 [5 favorites]


Where can I get some of that blackberry cobbler?

forget it jake it's pie-natown
posted by urbanwhaleshark at 3:46 PM on August 23, 2012 [2 favorites]


I sense a challenge...in which spirit, I just logged into MetaFilter on MeeGo.

For laptops.
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Lisp is obviously better.


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posted by Tell Me No Lies at 3:58 PM on August 23, 2012 [26 favorites]


My new band name: The Mods' Collective Reloads.
posted by Zed at 4:17 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


That's a really great band name (!), but you're a bit limited in what kinds of music you can play.
posted by OmieWise at 4:27 PM on August 23, 2012


The Mods' Collected Reloads will be the name of the best of.
posted by ersatz at 5:35 PM on August 23, 2012


A good portion of visitors to my new blog have come through the link in my profile. It was funny to see the percentages of Chrome and esoteric browsers shoot up when I added the link.

Nerds.
posted by charmcityblues at 6:35 PM on August 23, 2012


...we'd have to try to find a way to somehow discount our participation.

Last I checked you guys were users too!

I was just surprised once, at a library job, where I realized that my specific desktop's footprint was a visible entity when running the library's website stats.

Yeah, when I first started blogging I thought my ISP was popular since nearly all my traffic came from there! Then I learned how to exclude sites from my logs, then I got enough popularity that my own activity is a small blip.

I can't image a handful of full time people could skew results too much even if included.
posted by cjorgensen at 8:38 PM on August 23, 2012


I keep two Macs logged in 24/7. I am often lurking unlogged in on yet a third Mac.
posted by a humble nudibranch at 8:49 PM on August 23, 2012


Pfft. Amateur!
posted by Blazecock Pileon at 9:05 PM on August 23, 2012


There's a mistake with that pie chart – I think they forgot to put in the category for people browsing Mefi from Lisp machines.

NCSA Mosaic/1.0 (setq compatiblep 'barely)(setq cruft (list 'DynamicWindows 'Genera8.1 'symbolics3600))
posted by zippy at 9:48 PM on August 23, 2012 [1 favorite]


Mac at work... and mefi and .se are pretty much the only stuff unblocked... with Mac and iOS at home... and Android everywhere in between. My next tablet may well be Android as well... Jelly Bean is really fucking impressive on my phone, more than I thought it would be. I bought the Nexus phone as a budget measure, but it stands up quite well against Apple's handheld gear.
posted by Slap*Happy at 10:18 PM on August 23, 2012


Avast ye nillies, I be a secret navigator navigatin' yer website without'n you's seein' me, haha!

*flies the BSD flag*
posted by fraula at 5:07 PM on August 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


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