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    Talking Firefox 3 sets a Guinness World Record!

    I just got this e-mail from mozilla!

    We did it!

    We set a Guinness World Record for the most software downloads in 24 hours. With your help we reached 8,002,530 downloads.

    You are now part of a World Record and the proud owner of the best version of Firefox yet!

    Don't forget to download your very own certificate for helping set a Guinness World Record.
    Cool!

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    I would have preferred if they set up the world record for number of bugfixes in a day.

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    Re: Firefox 3 sets a Guinness World Record!

    There wasn't a previously held record, so of course they "set" it.

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    Re: Firefox 3 sets a Guinness World Record!

    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    There wasn't a previously held record, so of course they "set" it.
    +1

    It doesn't matter how many people downloaded FF3, Mozilla would have won anyway.

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    Re: Firefox 3 sets a Guinness World Record!

    Quote Originally Posted by cardinals_fan View Post
    +1

    It doesn't matter how many people downloaded FF3, Mozilla would have won anyway.
    yup, that's definitely true. But considering what they were originally aiming for (3 million?), they at least exceeded expectations.

    Not to say I really advocated getting people to download their software for the sake of setting a record; it got a lot of attention and publicity, but none of it was really harnessed in a useful way. I can respect wanting to attract more users, but they could have done it in a much more productive way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maniacmusician View Post
    yup, that's definitely true. But considering what they were originally aiming for (3 million?), they at least exceeded expectations.

    Not to say I really advocated getting people to download their software for the sake of setting a record; it got a lot of attention and publicity, but none of it was really harnessed in a useful way. I can respect wanting to attract more users, but they could have done it in a much more productive way.
    Agreed. They also disabled auto-updater during that period too so you had to download it from their site. Too much hype in my opinion. It's a much better browser now than ever before. I don't see the need to hype it. It sells itself now.

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    Re: Firefox 3 sets a Guinness World Record!

    I doubt most Firefox users actually participated in Download Day. Most Firefox users I know are still using 2 and have no idea 3 came out. A bunch of power users decided to do multiple downloads. Considering how large Firefox's market share is, the number of downloads is actually quite small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    I doubt most Firefox users actually participated in Download Day. Most Firefox users I know are still using 2 and have no idea 3 came out. A bunch of power users decided to do multiple downloads. Considering how large Firefox's market share is, the number of downloads is actually quite small.
    That's true. To be fair, I did get my parents to try it; my dad loves it and is never going back. My mother couldn't care less. I'm sure that there were other cases like mine too, but I don't doubt that the majority of it comes from fanatics doing multiple downloads from different computers.

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    I'm one of those fanatics. I downloaded to Windows at work, Ubuntu at home, and Mac on my wife's laptop. So I'm responsible for three of those 8 million downloads.

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    Re: Firefox 3 sets a Guinness World Record!

    Quote Originally Posted by aysiu View Post
    I'm one of those fanatics. I downloaded to Windows at work, Ubuntu at home, and Mac on my wife's laptop. So I'm responsible for three of those 8 million downloads.
    That's not fanatic; I've seen posts on other forums indicating that high school kids were trying to download it to every computer at their school, their friends' computers, etc.

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