I have heard – “I’m used to THIS one, and gain no benefits from changing“. Well, you will never know what you are missing.
Internet Explorer 6 (a.k.a. IE 6) was released by Microsoft in late 2001. At that time, IE 6 was a decent browser, but after a decade, in 2011, it is still in use by a significant portion of the web population, and its time is now up.
Working with IE 6 is one of the most difficult and frustrating things web developers have to deal with, taking up a disproportionate amount of their time, effort and yes, money. It’s too much work and, quite frankly, it is driving some developers batty. IE 6′s support for modern web standards is very lacking, restricting what developers can create and holding the web back.
Many web developers (more than I could believe) are still spending a lot of time to optimize their works for Internet Explorer 6.
This practice was necessary some years ago when IE6 maintained an important market share near to the 20%— 30% but now it’s just a time consuming and non-value added activity.
Recent statistics, updated to November 2010, report that the most popular browsers are Internet Explorer with a market share of 28.6% (in particular IE8 with 17.6% and IE7 with 6,5%) and Firefox with 44%. Internet Explorer 6 maintains only a residual share near to 4%. That means, in average, every 100 people that visit a website potentially only 4 of them could not display in the right way its pages.
During the year 2010 Internet Explorer 6 lost more than 6% of his market share changing over from 10.2% in January to 4.1% in November. This negative trend is a clear clue that residual part of people still using Internet Explorer 6 is quickly abandoning it. Not by chance Google (for some of its services), YouTube and Facebook phased out support for IE6 respectively in March and August 2010.
Internet Explorer 6 was a terrible browser. Its popularity and its not respect of standards was for long time the nightmare of every web developers: now that it’s almost dead, it’s a useless fury to prolong their suffering.
From now on, Thought Ripples will not be supporting Internet Explorer 6 (or lesser versions) in any of its website projects.
Paul Adams, a senior user experience researcher at Google (NSDQ: GOOG), is leaving the company to join Facebook starting next year, according to Inside Facebook and one ofhis tweets. He may be best known for his deep analysis of Facebook and its privacy issues in a lengthy presentation five months ago. In particular, “The Real Life Social Network” pointed out how the site doesn’t enable users to manage the various kinds of relationships within their greater network of friends.
The presentation highlights the limitations of the current social networking software in mapping the real life relationships. The key assumption here is that the social networking software should accurately map the real life relationships. The presentation suggests to use the work of anthropologist Robin Dunbar as a guideline in designing the social networking software.
According to wiki:- “A social network is a social structure made up of individuals (or organizations) called “nodes”, which are tied (connected) by one or more specific types of interdependency, such as friendship, kinship, common interest, financial exchange, dislike, sexual relationships, or relationships of beliefs, knowledge or prestige.”
But what are the useful services that all the leading social networking giants are providing now? Does it really worth for people trust and use as it a part of life. Are they really useful?
Yeah they are. But the complexity of the issue is not as simple as it seems. It took a little time to become what it is now. It has been a continues process of develop , adopt and evolve a culture of what we are now enjoying. Still it raise too many questions like what now, next and how?