Where did you first hear about Vivaldi?


  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    From my Ambassador Profile...How did I find Vivaldi? I was fed up with intrusive Chrome and was less than thrilled with Firefox. Both are fine browsers. Just not for me. So, one afternoon in August 2016 I went hunting for a better browser.

    I used Google to find Vivaldi. Thank you Google. Sorry Google, I don't use Chrome.


  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    Voted.

    I found it a few years ago via Google after discovering reliable information that Maxthon (which I really liked) was a security/privacy risk. But I'm totally glad I found Vivaldi. Wouldn't go back to Maxthon now even if they cleaned up their act.



  • The subsequent posts have reminded me to stress something I hadn't mentioned in my initial response: Any searching I would have done would not have been with G. Had a search-engine lead me to Vivaldi, it would have been either Duckduckgo or IXQuick (now Startpage). I now also use Qwant and SearX on top of those. I haven't used G as a search engine in probably 10 years or more.

    I tried Chrome when it first came out, later switching to Chromium, but wasn't impressed. For me, it's Firefox/Vivaldi. I genuinely don't understand why everybody uses Chrome - unless it somehow gets sneakily installed on Windows systems as a bundled extra when they install other software.


  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    @jamesbeardmore said in Where did you first hear about Vivaldi?:

    The subsequent posts have reminded me to stress something I hadn't mentioned in my initial response: Any searching I would have done would not have been with G. Had a search-engine lead me to Vivaldi, it would have been either Duckduckgo or IXQuick (now Startpage).

    I had no idea about Duckduckgo or Startpage at the time. I did know about Bing and a few other engines, but none of them seemed useful to me. After finding V, I found DDG, which is my main engine for a while now. I also use Ecosia now & then.

    @jamesbeardmore said in Where did you first hear about Vivaldi?:

    ...I genuinely don't understand why everybody uses Chrome - unless it somehow gets sneakily installed on Windows systems as a bundled extra when they install other software.

    I tried it when it was the new kid on the block, but wasn't impressed. And as time went by I learned more about its ulterior motive, as well as Google's. I've become almost Google-free at this point. A few things are still necessary for various reasons, but the big G isn't getting as many pieces of me as they once did.



  • I do a lot of research online, so I came to the Vivaldi website πŸ™‚
    I haven't regretted switching from firefox to Vivaldi; sometimes I still use Opera.



  • @lamarca said in Where did you first hear about Vivaldi?:

    What about version number?

    1.15 stable & (a bit later) 1.16 snapshot, IIRC



  • Years ago I used Opera 12. After that Opera dropped its Presto engine I switched to Chrome. The first knowledge about Vivaldi I got from lurkmore.to about that former Opera's developers make new browser, and it had gladden me. After some time, I read on some hardware and software news site that Vivaldi had released publicly with Technical Preview version.
    I gave Vivaldi a try, used this release a short time, but decided at that time to not switch to it, wait some time until the browser will be released as full version. And finally, when Vivaldi got 1.x version, I switched to it. Vivaldi now is just the best browser.



  • News article from news.google.com



  • @saudiqbal I thought your source was someone from whereismyȍepra.



  • I discovered Vivaldi by reading this NextInpact article in September 2016.
    And then :

    • πŸ”½ Downloaded
    • πŸ” Discovered
    • πŸ•Ή Played
    • 😁 Amused
    • 🎨 Customized
    • πŸ’‰ Favorites imported
    • πŸ”§ Fine tuned
    • ☺ Satisfied
    • 😍 In love
    • πŸ„πŸ» Surfed

  • Community Manager

    Thanks everyone for sharing these great insights. Some people have asked us about the survey results and here they are: https://vivaldi3.typeform.com/report/yuXfL4/z2xN34qIhDIP50k2 πŸ™‚


  • Moderator

    I was hoping there would be more voters.



  • One point got my attention: just 8% first heard about Vivaldi from their friends.



  • @gaelle

    Keep your news releases flowing, and invite a few online column writers to HQ for a behind the scenes tour, you need constant exposure to turn your brand (Vivaldi) into an online community household name.


  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    @lamarca I'm not a socialiser(whatever that is) but I wonder how many users could spread the word where they work. I'm pretty sure a majority of users are in the workforce. Most if not all could let coworkers know about Vivaldi.

    How many of us pass up a chance to sing the praises of Vivaldi?
    (The browser. Not the composer. Okay, Antonio too.)


  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    @raed Word of mouth helps. Friends, family and coworkers are all targets.


  • Vivaldi Ambassador

    It was a Blog or News post somewhere, (Ars T, gHacks or Gizmodo? maybe).
    An article mentioned Jon was getting back into the Browser business and had an "Alpha" version of something he was calling Vivaldi (for the moment, but it stuck!) available for testing. It was several months before the "Technical Release".
    Straight there to check it out and have been on the Snapshot version ever since.



  • I took the survey/added my vote. I do recall hearing about Vivaldi a few years ago, but didn't explore it then. I first began using it when I started to do some research on more privacy-focused, non-tracking, non-censoring browsers to replace Chrome and Firefox (and their various developmental builds that I had been using). I searched the ArchWiki (I use Vivaldi and Vivaldi-Snapshot on Arch Linux), and along with various other browsers, such as Brave, Cliqz, Dissenter, Iridium, IceCat, and WaterFox, I also did quite a bit of research and testing of Vivaldi. I also read up on the company, its ethics, its mission statement, etc. In that process, I fell in love with Vivaldi quite quickly, and made it my default browser. πŸ™‚


  • Vivaldi Translator

    First saw mention of Vivaldi in the comments of one of Opera's blog posts. Not sure if it was at the same time as the Vivaldi first became publicly announced or a bit later, but I downloaded the first tech preview as soon as I found it and have followed Vivaldi ever since (didn't use it until a couple of months after TP1, though, as the first tech previews had some annoying issues/missing features).



  • @LonM '..found it in a discussion on the old (new?) opera site..'
    Same here. I think in my case it was the new Opera user forum, transfered from my.opera.com when it was closed. I tried a first couple of releases with limited range of features, before went away in search of "another Opera".

    Rediscovered the "Viv" about a year & a half ago. Liked recent development such as profile management very much. Decided to come back to Vivaldi community a week or so ago to keep closer eye on future development.

    @gaelle I tried to do the survey but, found no option to convey all of the above, didn't submit. Sorry.


 

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