MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. â€“ July 2, 2008 â€“ 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 FirefoxÂ® 3, Mozillaâ€™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 â€œfests,â€ 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 Mozillaâ€™s Mountain View headquarters.
â€œThe enthusiasm and creativity of Firefox fans was instrumental in achieving this record,â€ said Paul Kim, VP of Marketing at Mozilla. â€œOur 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.â€
â€œAs the arbiter and recorder of the worldâ€™s amazing facts, Guinness World Records is pleased to add Mozillaâ€™s achievement to our archives,â€ said Gareth Deaves, Records Manager for Guinness World Records. â€œMobilizing 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.â€