Accelerator to Enhance Twitter Usage in IE8 While the Internet Explorer Market Share Goes Down
Article by George Norman
On 03 Feb 2009
The first Release Candidate of Internet Explorer 8 (IE8 RC1) has recently been made available for download, and amongst the new features it brags about we cannot but notice the “accelerators” (which is just a fancy name for browser add-ons). Twitter Accelerator is just such an add-on meant to address your Twitter usage needs and make for an overall better user experience.

A comparison with the main competitor, Mozilla Firefox, is mandatory right about now. In the add-on department, since we are not going to focus on other aspects, Firefox is miles ahead of the competition – there are an incredible amount of add-ons available for Mozilla’s browser, ranging from the useful to the ridiculous. Even Microsoft has seen the potential and released an add-on for Firefox called Live Search.


Twitter Accelerator behaves much in the same way as other Internet Explorer 8 accelerators do: after you select a piece of text, hit the right click button on your mouse, and tweet about that info (meaning that the text and the URL where it originates from will be posted to Twitter). Here is a more in-depth explanation on how to use the accelerator: Select text -> click the arrow icon -> all Accelerators -> Send to Twitter.

In related Internet Explorer news it must be said that the market share of the aforementioned browser is continuing on a downward slope – down 7% in the last year alone. Here are the current statistics regarding browser market share for the month of January, the current year, with which Bill Gates no longer haw to bother with:
Internet Explorer – 67.55%
Mozilla Firefox – 21.53 %
Apple Safari – 8.29%
Google Chrome – 1.12%
Opera – 0.70%
Netscape – 0.57%
Other browsers – 0.24%

As you can see, Internet Explorer is still the head honcho, but compared to March 2008 when its market share was of 74.80% one can notice a significant decrease. Mozilla on the other hand has gone up from 17.83% in March 2008. Google is also presenting and upward trend, but it’s market share is at the current moment in time too low to take into consideration.

Additional details and a location to get Twitter Accelerator for Internet Explorer 8 are available here.

Tags: Microsoft, Internet Explorer, IE 8 RC1
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