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“Sales Are At A Trickle On Google’s Chrome Web Store” – What TechCrunch???

Dear Jason –

Re – “Sales Are At a Trickle On Google’s Chrome Web Store”

TechCrunch is one of my daily reads.  I find TechCrunch informative and generally factual.

ChromeOSApps.org has been tracking key Chrome Web Store information.  We’d like to clarify some fuzzy facts or unclear notions that appear in your article.

1)  “To be fair, Google isn’t sorting its ‘Top Paid’ list in order of purchases (though I’m not sure why) — a few of the other applications in the list are doing better, but even those are still showing lackluster sales.”

Google is definitely not sorting ‘Top Paid’ based on order of purchases.  With the public information available from the Chrome Web Store it’s impossible to track or deduct this information.  Based on users, the most popular ‘Paid App’ appears to be –

12/22 12/23 12/24 12/25 12/26 12/27 12/28 12/29
LucidChart \x2D Collaborative Diagramming 17,348 17,695 17,890 17,890 17,890 17,662 17,411 17,120
12/30 12/31 1/1 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/5
LucidChart \x2D Collaborative Diagramming 17,008 16,781 16,781 16,834 16,834 17,015 18,022

2)  “ The paid application with the most recent activity is MathBoard, “

Again, it is unclear what Google defines as ‘Top Paid’.  Thus we are not sure why MathBoard appears or appeared in ‘Top Paid’.  Based on users, over the past five days (if this what is meant by recent activity), the ‘Paid App’ with the most recent activity (greatest growth) –

1/1/2011 1/5/2011
Smartsheet Project Management 4,845 6,031 124%

3)      “That’s not nothing, but given that every other app on the store is probably making less than that, it’s not good.”

Furthering the point that ‘Top Paid’ does not necessarily reflect user popularity – MathBoard is not listed as one of the most popular 800 apps on the Chrome Web Store.  Based on collected Store Data and current user base size –

73 users have a listing other than ‘Free’ as payment type.  Of those 73, MathBoard would be ranked 35 in terms of popularity.  However, the distribution of the users of all Paid Apps is heavily skewed to the top 20 or so.

4)      “ Now, it’s possible that sales slowed a bit over the holidays, but the impact couldn’t have been that huge.”

We’ve charted a similar educational program – PBS Kids PLAY!  It does appear over the holidays that there was quite a drop off in user activity.  However, Users are rebounding –


Jason I am not sure what you’re trying to say with your article.  Some of the deductions you’ve made with partial data do not allow the conclusions that you’ve seem to have drawn with your article.

We’ve seen nothing as drastic as “Sales Are At A Trickle On Google’s Chrome Web Store”. See – Chrome-Web-Store-Hits-4-million/

However I have noticed the viral impact of the article.

Lackluster sales on Chrome Web Store continue; are people ready to pay for



I think that you’re interested in reporting facts to your audience.  I’ve written this letter to share with TechCrunch,  and Softpedia.

If you’d like to work with me on clarifying and providing more accurate information let me know.  If I don’t hear back I’ll assume there isn’t interest in further informing you’re audience.  If this is the case I may share this information on my site ChromeOSApps.org or with other industry sites and blogs.

Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.

Chris Sorensen, director@chromeosapps.org

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Posted Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

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