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Firefox 3 Download Day World Record Confirmed

Brian Kraemer
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Writing on the official Mozilla Blog, Mary Colvig dishes the good news. "The Firefox community is the proud new owner of a Guinness World Record -- each and every one of you! Mozilla today received confirmation from Guinness World Records that we've officially achieved the record for the 'largest number of software downloads in 24 hours.' From 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008, 8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3!"

In the time since Download Day, over 28 million people have downloaded the browser. The United States leads the world in Firefox 3 downloads with over 7.7 million. Germany ranks a distant second with over 2.4 million users downloading the Mozilla's browser to date.

Not everything went according to plan on Download Day, however, as Mozilla's servers crashed due to the high demand for the software. But after a delay of a couple hours, the servers were up and running again and Firefox was downloaded at a world record setting pace.

For Firefox enthusiasts who want to commemorate their part in helping to set a world record, SpreadFirefox.com is offering customizable certificates that users can print out in color.

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