Mozilla announced downloads of Firefox 3 were enough to secure the world record for the most instances of software downloaded in one day.
The announcement Wednesday arrived roughly two weeks after the record was attempted while Guinness officials counted downloads and eliminated duplicates.
According to Mozilla’s marketing site SpreadFirefox.com, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3 in a 24 hour period starting 18:16 UTC June 17, 2008 and concluding at the same time on June 18, 2008.
Mozilla’s goal was to beat the number of first-day downloads of Firefox 2, which was 1.6 million downloads. The “sky is the limit” number was 5 million.
The world record is a first for record keeper Guinness. With 8 million plus, Firefox sets the bar high for any company daring enough to try and compete for the title. What a clever little marketing stunt, eh?
The number brings the tally of Firefox 2 and 3 users up to 180 million users in more than 230 countries. Firefox is second in overall internet usage to Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, which holds its lead of up to 70% of browser market share according to Net Applications.