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Firefox download record was previously non-existent

Last month’s release of Firefox 3 marked the latest iteration of the second most popular browser behind Microsoft’s Internet Explorer. To mark the occasion, the Firefox 3 team looked to set a world record for the number of downloads in a day.

Firefox 3 was a shoe-in to set the Guinness World Record for most software downloads in a day since the record didn’t previously exist. The record was made official today with Guinness certifying that Firefox 3 was downloaded 8,002,530 times in the first 24 hours of its launch. That number weeds out all duplicate downloads and automated downloads.

Even though Firefox 3 holds the record for most downloads in a day, it still holds a fraction of the browser market that number one Internet Explorer has. According to The Wall Street Journal Firefox held 19.03% of the browser market in June while Internet Explorer captured 73% of the total browser market.

Firefox and other browsers are gaining ground on Microsoft-- albeit slowly. According to The Wall Street Journal, Internet Explorer lost about half a percentage point of market share per month for the last 12 months.

Mozilla announced its record setting attempt with much pomp and fanfare on June 17 and to commemorate the occasion the Internet Explorer team at Microsoft even sent over a cake.

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ahh that pic again...
By Amiga500 on 7/3/2008 1:07:11 PM , Rating: 5
good work...

what does the article say :-D

RE: ahh that pic again...
By Suntan on 7/3/08, Rating: -1
RE: ahh that pic again...
By saiga6360 on 7/3/08, Rating: 0
By Seemonkeyscanfly on 7/3/2008 2:50:59 PM , Rating: 1
Yes, fully agree. Does anyone know if that photo is single?
A lot less work would get done around here if there were more photos like that in my office.

RE: ahh that pic again...
By DASQ on 7/3/2008 1:16:20 PM , Rating: 1
I'm sick of repeatedly seeing that one picture.

RE: ahh that pic again...
By vdig on 7/3/2008 1:32:16 PM , Rating: 2
Well, it DOES get redundant. The reason Firefox 3 is not much higher in terms of percentage of total users is because most are upgrading their versions of Firefox, so even this impressive number is redundant. Still, I do like the picture, and I do like FF3.

Perhaps a new pic is in order. There was a flash that I viewed which was Japanese in origin, or at least spoken in Japanese. It had a fast talking female supposedly stating how Firefox with plugins is VERY capable, and how Firefox without plugins was not that great... but cute in its own way. An image of the modded Firefox characters would be appropriate instead of the... assets....


RE: ahh that pic again...
By wordsworm on 7/3/2008 10:45:02 PM , Rating: 4
Would the one of Bill Gates lying amidst a bunch of IBMs loaded with Windows better suit your tastes?

RE: ahh that pic again...
By feelingshorter on 7/3/2008 1:22:07 PM , Rating: 3
Does everyone know that pic is photochoped? She never wore any Firefox shirt! She probably doesn't even know what Firefox is.

RE: ahh that pic again...
By callmeroy on 7/3/08, Rating: 0
RE: ahh that pic again...
By Homerboy on 7/3/2008 1:57:03 PM , Rating: 2
no... he mans CHOPPED
its the slang version. Like saying "interwebs" or "LuLz"

RE: ahh that pic again...
By saiga6360 on 7/3/2008 2:40:45 PM , Rating: 4
You mean she wasn't wearing a shirt?! Well <bleep> that.

RE: ahh that pic again...
By theapparition on 7/3/2008 4:01:52 PM , Rating: 2
You are 100% correct........but I'm still going to look.

RE: ahh that pic again...
By wordsworm on 7/3/2008 10:47:58 PM , Rating: 2
Does everyone know that pic is photochoped?

I think that's a part of the geek appeal.

RE: ahh that pic again...
By Belard on 7/4/2008 5:04:05 AM , Rating: 2
To you and others who have responded about the "Firefox girl" - its a fact, she isn't wearing a FireFox shirt (which would look very good on her) but she is actually wearing the shirt - before it comes off.

She does internet adult photos. I had a link somewhere which showed the comparisons and links to her site. Her nudes are far more artistic rather than hard-core porn.

Do a little digging, she's not hard to find, hint - she's in europe. If anything, her as the "firefox girl" has given her more recognition than her usual work. :)

RE: ahh that pic again...
By chmilz on 7/3/2008 1:30:40 PM , Rating: 5
Article says 8,002,530 people clicked on the picture of the girl wearing the Firefox shirt hoping it would take them to a hi-res photo.

RE: ahh that pic again...
By Clauzii on 7/3/2008 4:54:19 PM , Rating: 2
I was looking at the pi..article... Did they grow??

RE: ahh that pic again...
By PWNettle on 7/3/2008 6:15:15 PM , Rating: 2
Seems like any FF related "news" is published just so they can post that picture and get a few geeks worked up.

RE: ahh that pic again...
By elessar1 on 7/7/2008 11:41:21 AM , Rating: 2
FF3, Very Nice.
By mikefarinha on 7/3/2008 1:23:07 PM , Rating: 1
I have to admit that Firefox 3 is a very nice browser. Out of shear laziness I never tried the beta; however, I'm glad that it has finally arrived.

FF3 is much snappier and has a better overall feel and polish to it.

I do have one annoyance with it; almost every time I close down the browser I get an error. I'm almost positive that it has something to do with one of the plug-ins I'm using, but I've yet to care enough to figure out which one.

Here is to a job well done FF team!

RE: FF3, Very Nice.
By Pottervilla on 7/3/2008 2:35:14 PM , Rating: 2
I do have one annoyance with it; almost every time I close down the browser I get an error.
So do I!

I have: Download them all, duplicate tab, fireftp, flagfox, flashblock, Adblock Plus, forecastfox, foxmarks, google toolbar, IE tab, Macafee siteAdvisor, URL Fixer, Webmail Notifier, and Wizz RSS.

Doesn't narrow the field any, does it?


RE: FF3, Very Nice.
By Spivonious on 7/3/2008 2:47:25 PM , Rating: 2
I have just AdBlock and don't get the error, so we can cross that one off the list.

RE: FF3, Very Nice.
By dblagent on 7/3/2008 3:00:31 PM , Rating: 2
I have just Foxmarks and IE View, cross those off they work fine!

RE: FF3, Very Nice.
By mendocinosummit on 7/3/2008 3:31:14 PM , Rating: 2
Flashblock works fine. Google toolbar? Really?

RE: FF3, Very Nice.
By mikefarinha on 7/3/2008 4:08:42 PM , Rating: 1
I have the following:

Adblock Plus
Firebug (Disabled/not supported yet)
Google Toolbar for Firefox (3.1.2008065W)
Image Zoom
Long Titles (Disabled)
McAfee SiteAdvisor (Work requirement)
NoScript 1.7.4
Nuke Anything Enhanced
Web Developer

It looks like it is either the Google Toolbar or the McAfee SiteAdvisor.

I don't think I use the site advisor at home so it very well might be the google toolbar.

RE: FF3, Very Nice.
By Zurtex on 7/3/2008 6:18:39 PM , Rating: 2
McAfee SiteAdvisor is known to be extremely badly written and conflicts with many other extensions.

See some of the relevant bugs:

RE: FF3, Very Nice.
By Hare on 7/6/2008 4:07:40 AM , Rating: 2
Colorzilla has caused problems on my set so you might want to try disabling it. I'm running adblock+, linkification, greasemonkey, forecastfox and web developer and FF has never crashed.

RE: FF3, Very Nice.
By jonmcc33 on 7/4/2008 12:23:17 AM , Rating: 2
I tried the initial release candidate and switched all of my computers over to it. FF3 is an overwhelming success for Mozilla. Congrats on the record and keep putting out such an outstanding product!

User-initiated downloads?
By Murst on 7/3/2008 3:28:50 PM , Rating: 2
I assume that record refers to downloads that were actively initiated by users.

I think that software like windows update have more downloads in a 24hr period, but I have no data to back that up.

RE: User-initiated downloads?
By bodar on 7/3/2008 6:19:37 PM , Rating: 2
The final tally settled at 8,002,530 after judges weeded out duplicates and automated downloads from the 8.3 million total downloads logged on June 18, the day of the browser’s launch.

-- From the WSJ article

There you go.

By DeepBlue1975 on 7/3/2008 2:21:36 PM , Rating: 2
Firefox must be the sexiest browser on the net!

The plugins are totally hot and I am always excited to open it up, though sometimes I crave for the "bare essentials firefox experience" and just strip it down till it's completely naked.

The whole anatomy of FireFoxie is optimized for pure user pleasure!

(Yes, it is a joke. And yes, it has to do with the darn repeatedly seen picture of the hottie :D )

HP girl is hotter...
By Hellfire27 on 7/3/2008 2:45:00 PM , Rating: 2 my most humble of opinions.

FF 4
By ceefka on 7/5/2008 8:16:19 AM , Rating: 2
Be weary of any updates. You don't know what Microsoft put in the cake.

Who Cares
By bwave on 7/3/08, Rating: -1
RE: Who Cares
By siberus on 7/3/2008 8:12:34 PM , Rating: 5
YOU do realize u can skip reading the articles that your not interested in right?

RE: Who Cares
By wordsworm on 7/3/2008 10:51:55 PM , Rating: 2
I have a student whose laptop was incredibly slow. We loaded Firefox on it a few weeks ago. Time to open IE = 20 seconds. Time to open FF = 3 seconds. That's a 17 second difference. That kid now uses FF exclusively.

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