Grassroots effort by Mozilla Mobilizes Internet Troops to set new World RECORD for Downloads in 24 hour period

Friday, July 11, 2008

Following up with trivia for the tech savvy residents of the Dulles Technology corridor, Mozilla was in fact successful in setting the world record for the greatest number of Firefox 3 downloads on any given day. EverythingAshburn.COM thinks this is pretty cool. For all those naysayers out there who say that the Internet really has no power because you can’t put a face to a screen name or that grass roots community efforts don’t have the power to mobilize people to do anything serious related to community progress or values, we say phoo. Read on for the details… and Mozilla? GOOD FOR YOU!

Mozilla Sets New Guinness World Record with Firefox 3 Downloads

Massive grassroots community effort behind world record for most software downloads in 24 hours

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – July 2, 2008 – Mozilla today announced it set a new Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours. The record-setting 8,002,530 downloads coincided with the launch of Firefox® 3, Mozilla’s major update to its popular and acclaimed free, open source Web browser.

Mozilla enthusiasts worldwide drove more than 1.7 million pledges to download Firefox 3 on Download Day, hosted regional download “fests,” and informed more than 43 million people through hosting Download Day affiliate buttons online. The global Mozilla community has been celebrating the historic goal of establishing a Guinness World Record with parties in more than 25 countries, including a 24-hour long download fest celebration called Camp Firefox at Mozilla’s Mountain View headquarters.

“The enthusiasm and creativity of Firefox fans was instrumental in achieving this record,” said Paul Kim, VP of Marketing at Mozilla. “Our community members came together and not only spread the word, but also took the initiative to help mobilize millions of people to demonstrate their belief that Firefox gives people the best possible online experience.”

“As the arbiter and recorder of the world’s amazing facts, Guinness World Records is pleased to add Mozilla’s achievement to our archives,” said Gareth Deaves, Records Manager for Guinness World Records. “Mobilizing over 8 million internet users within 24 hours is an extremely impressive accomplishment and we would like to congratulate the Mozilla community for their hard work and dedication.”

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