Mozilla sent along this bit of news last night:
Mozilla is counting down to the final release of Firefox 3 – in fact, you can download the current release candidate at http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/all-rc.html.
As part of this effort, Mozilla intends to set a Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in a single 24 hour period – this effort has been dubbed “Download Day.”
Mozilla Aims to Set Guinness World Record on Firefox 3 Download Day
Global grassroots initiative seeks to establish new record for largest number of software downloads in 24 hours
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – May 28, 2008 – Mozilla today announced its intent to set a brand new Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours. The record-setting attempt is planned for the launch day for Firefox 3, also known as Download Day. Mozilla is inviting its global community to spread the word and join the effort by pledging to download Firefox 3 and hosting regional download “fests.”
Since 2004, the Firefox community has grown to more than 175 million users. Firefox is available in more than 45 languages and used in more than 230 countries. Every day, the enthusiasm of the community is reflected in grassroots efforts happening all over the world as people share Firefox with their friends and families. Download Day continues this tradition by harnessing the energy of the Firefox community to improve the online experience for people everywhere.
Firefox fans can support the mission to set a Guinness World Record on Download Day by pledging to download Firefox 3, hosting a Firefox 3 party, inviting friends to participate, or by placing Download Day buttons on their Web sites.
To take part in Download Day and help us set the Guinness World Record:
- Sign up to get Firefox 3 on Download Day at http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord
- Host a Download Day Fest on Firefox 3 launch day at your school, office or anywhere with an Internet connection. Details at http://www.mozillaparty.com
- Become a Firefox Campus Representative and collect pledges from fellow students http://www.spreadfirefox.com/campusreps
- Add Mozilla buttons and banners to your site, blog or profile. Get buttons at http://www.spreadfirefox.com/?q=affiliates/homepage.
For a map showing pledges to-date and details on the official launch date, visit http://www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord.
I think this is a cool idea. Not sure about the whole record thing, but I certainly support people downloading Firefox early and often. A geeky part of me is interested in participating in this. God help us all.