Ken Kovash, who runs Mozilla’s Blog of Metrics, recently shared that Firefox Surpasses 50% Market Share in Indonesia. This is quite amazing news considering that Indonesia did not have a fully-localized version of Firefox until version 3.0.
I asked our locale owner for Firefox Bahasa Indonesia, Romi Hardiyanto, for some additional insight and he provided additional perspectives. Romi told me about a very popular forum in Indonesia which had a 58% Firefox market share in May of 2008. Another site Romi referenced is digdagdug, which reported 55% Firefox market share in April:Browser Pilihan dagdigdug’er.
Romi mentioned that many Indonesians who use the Internet are familiar with the English computer and Internet-related terms. That and the usage of English in University means that most Indonesians on the Internet are very familiar with English and have used the English Firefox up until now. It is great to have an Indonesian Firefox for those who may be less comfortable with English as Firefox grows in Indonesia.
If you have other ideas about how or why Firefox is so popular in Indonesia, please leave a comment. Thank you in advance.