Mozilla aims for nonexistent download record with Firefox 3

Mozilla aims for nonexistent download record with Firefox 3

Summary: Mozilla on Wednesday said that it is aiming to set a Guinness World Record for software downloads in 24 hours with Firefox 3. The date for this download extravaganza is sometime next month.

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Mozilla on Wednesday said that it is aiming to set a Guinness World Record for software downloads in 24 hours with Firefox 3. The date for this download extravaganza is sometime next month.

In a somewhat corny approach, Mozilla is urging its users to joint regional download fests, pledging to get Firefox 3 and spreading the word. Consider it the Super Bowl of browser downloading.

The rub: There is no download record compiled by Guinness. In an FAQ, Mozilla notes:

Do we have to reach a specific number of downloads in order to set the record?

This is the first record attempt of its kind so there is no set number. We'd really like to outdo the number of Firefox 2 downloads on its launch day, which was 1.6 million. Let's shoot for 5 million--the sky is the limit!

In other words, Mozilla is a lock to create a record as long as it sticks to the Guinness rules.

Mozilla is also hoping folks will hold Firefox parties. It appears that these parties will be BYOBrowser.

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  • Snigger

    That has to be the funniest post I've read today
    dahowlett@...
  • RE: Mozilla aims for nonexistent download record with Firefox 3

    It's interesting concept, but not sure why Mozilla is trying to get themselves in the Guiness book of records.
    randall.shimizu@...
    • That's Easy

      While you're busy helping Mozilla "set a world record", you're also downloading Firefox. Trickery looks like it worked with Apple with Safari, why not get Firefox on alot of computers under the pretense of setting a world record?
      AllKnowingAllSeeing
      • I dunno

        I'm pretty sure people going to a "Firefox download party" are aware that they're expected to, at some point, download Firefox.
        AndyCee
  • Brilliant! ;)

    nt
    D T Schmitz
  • RE: Mozilla aims for nonexistent download record with Firefox 3

    Why not!
    perversion2003@...
  • RE: Mozilla aims for nonexistent download record with Firefox 3

    i use firefox all the time . so why not be part of a world record. the product is great.
    tleewade
  • RE: Mozilla aims for nonexistent download record with Firefox 3

    When you download Firefox, it's not from THEIR network, but rather a mirrored group of website & web hosting servers, whose owners swallow the cost for these kinds of upload bandwidth surges. So what does Mozilla care when these "volunteer" companies pass the costs onto their customers? All in all, wouldn't it be great if Mozilla actually SPENT that $80M in yearly search revenue profit on actually supporting & distributing the product they create? And how much can you really trust the integrity of a browser you download from 3rd-world countries like Singapore or Zaire?
    yukon-cornelius
    • Singapore?

      I don't know about anyone else, but I download FF the last two times (Beta 5 & RC1) from mirrors in the US and the UK, hardly third world countries. As far as trusting it, I've used it since version 1.6 with never a problem. I would trust it far more than any version of IE.
      Gerry_z
    • Third world? Singapore?

      Last I checked.. Singapore was a newly developed country. But why let a few facts get in the way of a good pot-stirring...
      dkoh309655@...
  • Very clever idea

    I for one think it's a brilliant idea, it'll put Firefox on the radar of more people, which is after all what they want.
    TroyW