As it turns Out, Internet Explorer Users Aren’t All That Dumb
Posted by Dave Thomas on August 3, 2011 in Business News, SEO [ 0 Comments ]
Upon further investigation, a BBC report has determined that the survey itself was nothing other than a hoax.
Even more interesting, a number of mainstream media Web sites (CNN, FoxNews.com, Mashable, and Forbes) ran with the story, including none other than the BBC itself.
Taken for a Ride
The firm behind the web browser survey, AptiQuant, was called into question, having reportedly only registered its Web site within the last month (July 14), according to the BBC.
The BBC went on to note that AptiQuant’s Web site images appeared to match those of French researcher Central Test. According to Central Test, it was not aware of ApTiquant, which is purportedly a “psychometric testing” company, or its reported activities.
After checking out ApTiquant’s Web site for ourselves, we came across this statement underneath the ‘Articles’ section….
“Ok, now that the cat is out of the bag, I agree that this study was a total hoax. There is no company called AptiQuant, and not such survey was ever done. I am really surprised that it took so long for people to figure it out, a mere “whois” on the domain could have revealed it all. Again, this was all meant to be a lighthearted joke. I did not mean to insult anyone, but if I have hurt anybody’s feelings, I apologize for that. But what’s really funny is that everybody took the report so seriously, with comments like “Oh did we need such a study, we already knew that. In the end, I am once again sorry if I this report hurt your feelings. The main purpose behind this hoax was to create awareness about the incompatibilities of IE6 and how it is pulling back innovation. So, if you are still using IE6, please update to a newer browser.
PS: Apologies to Central Test for copying their material, I am in the process of removing it ASAP.”
Lawyers May Show Interest
Getting back to the “survey” for a moment, the results purported to demonstrate that users of Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Opera were all slightly better average in IQ test results, while Microsoft Internet Explorer users generally were lower on the IQ scale.
If that were the case, don’t you think a number of IE users would take offense to such an allegation?
Well, AptiQuant goes on to note on its Web site that….
“AptiQuant, the company that released the report titled ‘Intelligence Quotient (IQ) and Browser Usage’ about the relation between an individual’s IQ score and their choice of web browser yesterday, is being threatened with a lawsuit by a group of Internet Explorer users. Internet Explorer users were labeled as the ones having the lowest IQ as compared to other browsers mentioned in the report.
Leonard Howard, the CEO of the company said that he has been receiving hate mail from IE users since yesterday. He said, “I just want to make it clear that the report released by my company did not suggest that if you use IE that means you have a low IQ, but what it really says is that if you have a low IQ then there are high chances that you use Internet Explorer.” He further went on to say that the company did not feel threatened at all by the lawsuit threats because they have all the scientific data and logs to back their claims. “A win in a court would only give a stamp of approval and more credibility to our report,” he quipped.
The company spokesman said that they are really surprised by the unexpected attention that their study got. He said that the company first thought of doing this study when they were trying to add some new features to the website and found IE versions 6.0 and 7.0 extremely difficult to work with.”
As it stands, we think it is safe to say that if you use IE as your web browser of choice, you are not necessarily less intelligent than those using Chrome, Firefox or others.
We also think it is safe to say that mainstream media Web sites may want to do a little more digging in the future before running with such stories, giving certain individuals (or companies, if they really do exist) their 15 minutes of fame.
Who knows, the next thing AptiQuant may tell us is that the U.S. economy is on the upswing….
Photo credit: Siliconangle.com