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pollsLast week we wondered whether you thought Google+ will eventually take over Facebook Will Google+ Take Over Facebook? [MakeUseOf Poll] Will Google+ Take Over Facebook? [MakeUseOf Poll] Google+ is not longer new, but compared to Facebook, it’s still the new kid on the block. While the joining rate amazed everyone when Google+ first launched, it still doesn’t seem to hurt Facebook in... Read More . The votes were divided almost equally between the possible five answers, with a small majority who believes Google+ is way better and is on its way to smash Facebook to smithereens.

Out of 628 voters, 28% think Google+ is way better then Facebook, 12% think Google+ has no chance and that Facebook is here to stay, 25% believe there’s room for both and neither will take over, 20% think Google+ needs to improve if its to make an impression on Facebook, and 16% believe social networks as we know them are bound to disappear anyway.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

All in all, more then 50% of the voters think Google+ is not going to take over Facebook any time soon. I guess the guys over at Facebook can relax, at least for a little while. But they shouldn’t relax too much!

This week’s poll question is: Which Browser Would You Install on Your Parents’ Computer?


The holiday season is officially upon us, and many will travel home from wherever they are, to take care of the old family computer (among other things). The browser scene keeps changing on us, and while Firefox 4 might not have been for everyone, Firefox 8 is a whole different story. Chrome and Safari are getting much more stable, and IE is not such a bad option anymore, either. So when you update your parents’ computer this year, what browser will you choose to install?

Why did you choose the browser you voted for? What makes it better for people who are not really computer savvy?

  1. SpamMe
    February 11, 2012 at 6:33 am

    I'd install links text browser LOL. I'm using Chromium on Linux right now, it's pretty good, so I voted Chrome... Firefox is okay on Windows, though.

  2. Pau Amich Vidal
    December 15, 2011 at 12:26 am

    "An older version of IE"...
    Seriously, who hates his parents so much that would install IE6 on thier PCs

  3. Bailey Anderson
    December 14, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    I already installed Firefox on my parent's computer simply because they're familiar with it. I wouldn't install Chrome because my parents wouldn't understand just how awesome it is. My dad only uses IE for his wifi router access, but otherwise they're full on Firefox fans.

  4. Algorhythm511
    December 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm

    I tried installing Chrome on my parent's Windows 7 laptops, but they never used it.  I could never get them off of IE. 

    So I figured if they were going to use IE it might as well be 9.  It may not be as good as Chrome, but they have improved a lot with 9 and it's definately fine for a default browser.

  5. Saiful Zaree Johar
    December 6, 2011 at 1:42 am

    I'd install SRWare Iron & Comodo Dragon (Chrome alt.) & Palemoon (FF alt.)

  6. Ron Payne
    December 5, 2011 at 4:20 pm

    How about using IE3, IE5, Opera, Netscape and Mosaic on my parent's Win 3.1 OS?:P

  7. Austin Beatty
    December 5, 2011 at 3:37 pm

    Firefox, because that's what I've had them using for a while and they are used to it. It doesn't have any compatibility issues with websites (except a certain site where it shows a white screen on any Linux browser, no error or anything. Change the useragent to Windows or Mac and it shows up, screw that site), and it has addons like Adblock. Chrome is an equally good choice, but they don't like me changing things, so nothing wrong with FF.

  8. Anonymous
    December 5, 2011 at 12:55 pm

    OS X: Leave default
    Linux: Leave default, though there are many distros and this would depend of on the distro of course
    Windows: Remove IE and install Chrome

    Reasoning: simple, fast, uncluttered, no plugins. The no plugins point is important, since I don't want my mum to get plugin-happy and complaining when things get slow. Then again, my mum just visits the Internet and does her shopping. That's all she does online, so I might just let her choose any browser except IE. She's quite familiar with a couple of browsers. Symptoms of being in a relatively tech-savvy family. My dad's tech-savvy, he's the one who got me started with computers when I was a kid, so I'll let him choose his browser.

  9. Mjevolve
    December 5, 2011 at 11:29 am

    interesting  poll ...

    my self a compulsive Firefox user and an advocater ,
    i would go for IE9 on my elder folks PC .
    as much as its haters would hate me for voting on IE , 
    but IE9 has indeed improved a lot in respect to its predecessors .

    but , in spite of improving and advancing upon , its just hard for IE to let go off of its cliche' of an outdated , underpowered browser , and as such its failing to get its deserved share of market .. !  

    of course there are better browsers than IE9 , but i feel its under rated as of now for its capabilities .

    >its simple and clean . ( the familiar interface , that an older user would be comfortable using . )
    >the smart screen filter ( making it one of the safest browsers , esp while downloading contents .)
    >the fastest hardware accelerated graphics .
    >no add ons ( again , this makes easy for the not so geeky older guys to keep it simple and clear )
    >in built tracking blockers .
    >and its fast .

    the alternate browser i would go for would be - Chrome . 

    • Yaara
      December 5, 2011 at 12:21 pm

      Awesome answer! Original one, too. :) I was hoping someone would plea IE9's case.

  10. Anonymous
    December 5, 2011 at 10:17 am

    Chrome. It's fast, and it auto-updates, without the user having to do anything!

  11. Osama
    December 5, 2011 at 9:50 am


  12. MSEvilgenius
    December 5, 2011 at 8:49 am

    My dad thinks chrome is a virus. WTF!?

    • Yaara
      December 5, 2011 at 9:43 am

      That's pretty funny! I'm sure some Chrome haters would love to hear that. :)

  13. Chris Wyld
    December 5, 2011 at 8:19 am

    Since my parents have both passed on, I'd choose the older version of IE.
    yes, that's a morbidly stupid joke...

  14. Neiljw51
    December 5, 2011 at 7:50 am

    For my parents, Chrome; for me, Firefox. Chrome has always been quieter updating itself and has the sandboxing.

  15. bob
    December 5, 2011 at 7:30 am


    • Yaara
      December 5, 2011 at 9:42 am

      Thanks for sharing, Bob! Good to know that about Chrome. :)

  16. John
    December 5, 2011 at 1:51 am

    A few years ago I would have said Firefox. Today, I would say Opera. I have actually (and hesitantly) began installing Opera on the computers of newbie users. They love the built-in Speed Dial Page (big win) and *speed* of the browser (newbies don't understand that computers age quickly, so we're talking older computers).

    I do some basic setup work - install ad-blockers and other extensions for popular sites (facebook, youtube). Light training on the password manager, working with multiple tabs and go into settings and tweak with stuff I have found most helpful.

    Over the last year, not a complaint. This is rare when transitioning to new software. To my own surprise and when setup correctly, Opera (which is a power-user browser) has become newbie friendly.

    • Yaara
      December 5, 2011 at 2:50 am

      Wow, that's really interesting! I would never consider installing Opera on my mother's computer, but after reading this I might actually change my mind. 

      The only reason not to do so is that I don't use it myself, and therefore wouldn't be able to provide good support for it.

    • Osama
      December 5, 2011 at 9:48 am

      finally I left opera (although I really liked it because of its speed and speed dial) because in every one in a few site, there is compatibilty issue or bugs. Biggest example is not supporting video-calling in facebook.

  17. Noor
    December 5, 2011 at 1:21 am

    older version ie, makes the advertising business more profitable. Like the fishing company I work for

  18. Ryashini Krish
    December 5, 2011 at 1:11 am

    Although I love Firefox, I chose chrome because its interface is simple and suitable for not so computer literate parents.

  19. LynnR
    December 4, 2011 at 11:03 pm

    Parents are both gone, but I have two elderly aunts and if they asked, it would be Firefox for the safety value. I do support by phone for a web site and convert many of our older customers to Firefox because it's safe and the plug ins are great. I do caution them to not go crazy with the plug ins!

  20. Arthur McKenzie
    December 4, 2011 at 10:07 pm

    Personally, i would install SRWare Iron, a privacy-centric browser on my parents' computer. It is quick, stable and has a strong developer base that I admire.

    • Yaara
      December 5, 2011 at 2:48 am

      Interesting! Is it easy to use as the other, more known options?

      • Arthur McKenzie
        December 5, 2011 at 10:07 am

        It's like Google Chrome (in fact it's the same Chromium base) but it runs faster and is almost lightweight.

  21. Journcy
    December 4, 2011 at 8:02 pm

    Chrome, Chrome, Chrome, Chrome-Chrome, ...

  22. Frhfrh
    December 4, 2011 at 6:56 pm

    I hate how so many people chose firefox over chrome!

    • Jollygood
      December 4, 2011 at 7:49 pm

      firefox > chrome

  23. Angel
    December 4, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Based on this an other content I'm really starting to wonder if this is a google fanboi website.

    • Yaara
      December 4, 2011 at 9:47 pm

      Why is that Angel? Is there anything pro-Google in this poll? (well, except for the results) I love Firefox. :)

      Or did you mean the readers are Google fanboys? I think there are quite a few of those out there. :)

  24. Wvpspdude
    December 4, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    I chose Google Chrome because it's interface is easier to use than most other browsers and both of my parents aren't very computer savvy.  I figure that it's a nice "meet in the middle" type thing with two ignorant parents and an advanced but simple to use browser.

    • Yaara
      December 4, 2011 at 9:45 pm

      Great answer, thanks!

  25. Achraf52
    December 4, 2011 at 5:03 pm

    Really it is obvious to install Chrome as it is simple browser .

  26. Anonymous
    December 4, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I find it funny how the INFERIOR Google products are getting high marks - appears as if someone is trying to slant the voting.

    • Zen19389
      December 5, 2011 at 1:22 am

      How are you defining inferior?

      • Anonymous
        December 5, 2011 at 10:35 am

        G+ and Chrome are some of the worst offenders of "discreet marketing."  The more you use either one or even worse, both together, the more advertisements are geared toward what you post about or web pages you look at.  I know that it also happens while using other browsers, but you can see what marketing sites are sniffing (especially with Firefox) and block them.  With Facebook, you are faced with marketing along the right pane and can also, if need be, block those as well.  Easy way to test this:  Search or discuss one subject for about an hour or so and then enjoy advertisements galore related to your topic.

        • GFunk
          May 22, 2012 at 5:40 pm

          oh noes, if only there were some form of advert removing, preventing or, dare i say, "blocking" software I could install on my pitifully inferior Chrome browser...

        • Jason Louttit
          May 23, 2012 at 5:54 am

          I know and use those tools, but still find Chrome to have far too many leaks and scripting errors. Have submitted many tickets over their issues, but the responses have only been automated.

  27. Jack Isay
    December 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm

    Firefox with the AdBlock+ addon installed. Doesn't leave room for clicking on banner ads that claim you're the 1,000,000th visitor.

    • Yaara
      December 4, 2011 at 9:48 pm

      Not bad! Leave them at little choice as possible to wreck the computer by accident... :)

  28. HeyModeratorHowsLife
    December 4, 2011 at 3:01 pm

    Probably Firefox if my parents where on the older end, It's familiar and easy to navigate while if choosing chrome I would imagine a reaction something like this "BUT WHERE IS EVERYTHING" "There, see the wrench" "THAT'S STUPID".

    • Yaara
      December 4, 2011 at 9:44 pm

      That's pretty good. :)))

      Although Firefox has a similar menu with everything under the orange "Firefox", which I'm not sure is more intuitive.

  29. Greglf
    December 4, 2011 at 3:00 pm

    Firefox for a normal PC, Chrome for a netbook

  30. Von
    December 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm

    Firefox - easy to install and use. Plugins to personalize. Safe. Will keep an eye to the future re Firefox with switch to tablet and more mobile computing.

    • Yaara
      December 4, 2011 at 9:49 pm

      Great answer! Thanks!

  31. Anonymous
    December 4, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    An older version of Internet Explorer...really?

    • Yaara
      December 4, 2011 at 9:43 pm

      You'd be surprised how many parents still use it. :) I think my mother uses IE7 or something. I should probably take care of that!

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