What's going on with Chrome?

Those that know me, know that I'm a bit of an analytics junkie. Today I noticed that I was getting a lot more traffic from Chrome users recently. This is admittedly a small sample size, but I compared at the last four days of traffic to the four days before that. Usually my site skews away from IE users, and Firefox generally makes up about 60%, but suddenly Chrome has taken the lead.

As a percentage of site traffic, both Chrome and Safari have doubled and Firefox is down about a third. I looked at some of the other sites I manage which get more traffic than this one, and although not as dramatic, the upward trend in Chrome usage the last few days applied across the board.

I couldn't find anything obvious online that would account for the uptick, but did find an interesting, and somewhat related, article comparing browser speeds. I've tried and liked Chrome, but I found the performance that sets Chrome apart started seriously suffering as soon as I tried extensions & having multiple tabs open (the article seemed to support this) - I switched back to Firefox 3.6 as a result.

I'm still curious as to the increase in Chrome's use - wondering both if it will continue & what 's causing people to switch. I don't get a lot of comments on this blog, but if anyone feels compelled to tell me why you prefer Chrome, I'm all ears.