As a web designer, I have a soft spot for Firefox, which has done so much to promote standards-based web development and made enough of a dent in Internet Explorer’s market share that Microsoft is slowly making it suck a bit less.
The Firefox team are about to release version 3 of their fantastic browser and want to celebrate by trying to set a Guinness World Record for most downloads in a single day. So, if you’re reading this on June 17, go over to the Spread Firefox site and get it!
I’ve been using Firefox 3 in beta form for the last couple of months, and I must say that it has many improvements over its predecessor, especially the so-called Awesomebar. Try typing into the location bar and you’ll see what I mean: part history, part search, and it learns what you use over time, making it more useful the more you use it. It also has better bookmark management, and hugely improved integration into Mac OS X (it actually feels like a Mac app now).
If you’re still reading this, stop now, and go get Firefox 3.
8 responses to “Help Firefox Set a World Record”
matt, i don’t think version three is actually available yet. (aside from a beta version)
so why wouldn’t i just wait until it’s officially released?
and i already have firefox, so what exactly am i supposed to download on june 17th?
All they are doing right now is accepting pledges that you will download Firefox 3 on download day, which hasn’t been announced yet as to which day that will be.
Very odd. If you look at this page, it clearly says that “The official date for the launch of Firefox 3 is June 17, 2008.” But yes, they sure haven’t updated beyond the release candidate for v3 yet…
Setting the Guinness world record may be the stated goal of all this activity, but in the end that’s only a novelty. The real show is the online mass mobilization that’s taking place.
Ahh, I just discovered that the download goes live at noon Central time.
rdomanski: you’re quite right. it’s a good bit of marketing.
matt, question about firefox. some text on some sights is all garbelled up. do you have a clue why?
maria: hmm, bizarre. any examples?