The Chrome team has released a developers copy of the browser for Mac and Linux, so far Google Chrome has just been available for Windows.
While to call me a developer would be a gross misuse of the term, I’ve been using the browser ever since it was released last week. It is so cool. Well actually so fast!
The team admits it’s far from finished. Among other things, it doesn’t print, it doesn’t display YouTube-like videos and there seems to be not much in the way of bookmark management. So let’s give it a number and say it’s 75% done. What it does well is render a web page really fast and when I’m digging around the web that’s what’s most important to me.
The Chronium Blog warns you not to download this version unless “take great pleasure in incomplete, unpredictable, and potentially crashing software.
How incomplete? So incomplete that, among other things , you won’t yet be able to view YouTube videos, change your privacy settings, set your default search provider, or even print.”
It hasn’t crashed for me in about 20 hours of use. The only gotcha for me was when checking a blog post and panicking when I couldn’t see the YouTube video, but I had been warned.
Anway, if you live life on the bleeding edge and are so Type A that anything faster is better, download the browser and give it a try on Mac or Linux.
As for me? I’ll probably use it for most of my work on my slight aging Macbook because it just makes the experience so darn fast!
I’ve expressed before what I consider the total time wasting quality of most videos on YouTube (my own included). The Onion seems to sum it up in their “Make a Good Video” challenge. Some suggestions — have a reason to make a video other than “I own a video camera” and try shooting the video sober.
I like to think I’m being productive. I don’t like Web time-wasters, I can waste enough time on my own and watching YouTube and other online videos often falls into that category. I’d even rather quickly read the news on cnn.com rather than watch a news video.
Sure seems like online video is popular though.
ComScore, a firm that measures usage in the digital world, released their July 2008 data and reported that Americans viewed more than 11.4 billion videos for a total duration of 558 million hours during the month.
While I don’t watch videos of people’s pets or their babies (except my own in both categories) on YouTube, I do find that I’m watching more and more YouTube-hosted training and informational videos are embedded in product website and blogs.
Other findings from their July 2008 data include:
75 percent of the total U.S. Internet audience viewed online video.
Americans spent a total of 558 million hours watching online video during the month.
The average online video viewer watched 235 minutes of video.
91 million viewers watched 5 billion videos on YouTube.com (54.8 videos per viewer).
I was recently surprised when I mentioned to my 91-year old mother the death of a popular singer, she said she knew about it and had watched some of his videos on YouTube.