I hear a lot of people talking up Google Chrome. Being a web browser enthusiast myself, I am somewhat confused about why non-nerds are evangelizing any web browser; let alone THIS web browser.

Okay, I lied. I know why people are talking about the browser. Google shoves it down your throat when you use their products. I posit that most people are jumping on the Chrome bandwagon simply due to the fact that they have seen their advertisements on sites like YouTube. Advertising works.

But are there any good reasons to use Chrome? Well, the number one selling point up to now has been the speed. I’m sure the good folks at Google have all sorts of spreadsheets and graphs they’d like to show me about speed, but I really don’t care all that much. I just do not see a noticeable difference in the speed of rendering pages between Google Chrome’s beta and Apple’s Safari. The bottleneck for me is almost always bandwidth.

Now, with the 4.x beta of Google Chrome, they are pushing extensions pretty hard. To me, this seems insane. This is Firefox’s claim to fame, and the biggest stumbling block they have to deal with right now. Mozilla almost always responds to criticism of sluggishness by blaming extensions. When people load up their browser with extensions, all the snappiness is drained immediately. Why would Chrome, a browser that sells itself on speed, try to push extensions? It doesn’t make sense to me at all.

I’d like to know your feeling about Google Chrome. You can comment on this post or hit me up on Twitter.

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