Mozilla Firefox 3 Download Day Sets Official Guinness World Record
Saturday July 19th, 2008
The official Mozilla Blog has confirmation that Mozilla Firefox 3 now holds the official Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in twenty-four hours. On Download Day, there were 8,002,530 downloads of Firefox 3 between 6:16pm UTC/GMT on Tuesday 17th June 2008 and 6:16pm UTC/GMT on Wednesday 17th June 2008.
Gareth Deaves, Records Manager for Internet and Technology at Guinness World Records, presented the official Guinness World Record certificate to Mozilla Europe President Tristan Nitot at a ceremony in London on Wednesday 9th July. While this official certificate is held by Mozilla, anyone who contributed to the record attempt can download their own personalized Firefox 3 Download Day certificate from Spread Firefox.
In a weblog post, Gervase Markham explains that the actual Download Day figure should be 8,002,529, as a Guinness World Records representative downloaded Firefox 3 during the twenty-four period, which cannot count as he is an official. Meanwhile, Mary Colvig has posted some details about the behind-the-scenes efforts that went into organizing Download Day and Asa Dotzler has published responses to some criticisms of the Guinness World Record attempt.
The official concerned was Gareth Deaves :-)