Help Mozilla achieve a world record!

Daniel Pataki
May 30, 2008
Updated • Dec 20, 2012

With the much anticipated release of Firefox 3, Mozilla also wants to set a Guiness Record of the "most downloaded software in 24 hours". I think that is put just plain stupidly, but nevertheless, if you're a Firefox fan, why not? You can visit the Spread Firefox site and offer your pledge to download Firefox 3 on the day of its release.

The actual date will be posted on the site itself soon, so you can schedule it to make sure you make good on your pledge. The site features a cool map which shows pledges according to country, I am proud to say my country, Hungary is the best in its region, central Europe, it is doing especially well regarding population. Yay!

If you have a blog or a website they have some cool banners and other ideas to promote the event, and since Firefox has done so much for the web, I at least urge everyone to help out. This is the first actual attempt at this, so even with 1 download they will create a World Record, but they set out for 5 million, which is no small number. Firefox 2 was downloaded about 1.5 million times on its release date, so I think 5 million is a but pushing it, but definitely possible, go Mozilla!

Update: The Spread Firefox website is no longer available. It redirects users to the new Firefox Affiliates website where webmasters and users can sign up for buttons and referral links to spread the word about Firefox. A leaderboard is available that highlights how successful individuals and companies are in their attempt to spread Firefox.

Mozilla achieved the world record it was hoping for in the event. Firefox was downloaded by more than 8 million users in the first 24 hours after release.

The company toped that with the release of Firefox 4 when more than 8.75 million times downloaded the browser release on the second day, with 7.1 million having already downloaded it on its first day. It is interesting to note in this regard that Microsoft's release of Internet Explorer in the same year only accumulated 2.4 million downloads.


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  1. Roman ShaRP said on June 2, 2008 at 10:21 am


    I think that is put just plain stupidly

    Like one VP said, there no such thing as bad publicity. Let they say all they want while they write our name properly. ;)

  2. darkkosmos said on May 31, 2008 at 8:53 pm

    To be fair this is just a gimmick, everyone is going to update through update manager anyway

  3. rruben said on May 31, 2008 at 5:46 pm

    I like the action from spreadfirefox. It is cool to have it in the GBoR. So I also joined :-P

    Now I hope it will release fast, I can’t wait!

  4. Declan said on May 31, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    It’s a little stupid, but anything that promotes an alternative browser to IE is worth it to me. I’ve pledged, and I will honour it, though I’ll start it in a different profile until I’m sure I like it.

  5. Roman ShaRP said on May 31, 2008 at 12:54 pm

    Yeah :) Banner was already posted in my blog :)

  6. Daniel said on May 31, 2008 at 11:21 am

    Grimskallen, so do I!

    I have had loads of Firefox 3 problems though, but I suspect these are plugin issues. I am confident they will fix stuff, they always listen to the users :)

  7. Grimskallen said on May 31, 2008 at 1:11 am

    I pledge forever to Firefox!

  8. Bruno said on May 30, 2008 at 11:44 pm

    done, I’m ready

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