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Xiti releases a studyon on the impact of Download Day and the launch of Firefox 3 in Europe:
http://www.xitimonitor.com/en-us/browsers-barometer/ff3-june-2008/index-1-2-3-133.html?xtor=11

Quoting Xiti – “Download Day” is plain to see: the average share of visits by Firefox 3 in European countries practically doubled between June 17 and 18, 2008:

* From June 9 to 17, Firefox 3’s market share is pretty stable…
* before rising from 3.6% on June 17 to 6.5% on June 18, 2008 with the launch of its official release.

Firefox 3’s share of visits then rises day by day to hit 9.3% on June 22, 2008, or almost one visit in every ten on average in Europe and a threefold rise during the week when “Download day” took place”.

They go on to show the table above with EU’s average market share hovering around 34% – which would be a 5% increase since the last Xiti report was published in April (http://www.xitimonitor.com/en-us/browsers-barometer/firefox-march-2008/index-1-2-3-127.html). The numbers in this table are pretty changeable, reaching 34% 2 days before the launch of Fx 3.

Xiti should be publishing their quarterly report at the end of this month – it will be interesting to see the numbers for EU over this longer period.

Today, millions of people are celebrating Independence Day in America. Originally, begun to celebrate the Declaration of independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain in 1776, millions are simply celebrating family, togetherness and freedom. Being a Brit with many American friends – some in the US, some in the UK trying to reclaim their dependence, I’ve celebrated many an Independence Day and always enjoyed partaking in the celebration of freedom (the Brits were all too happy to take that away from so many over the centuries).

Since joining Mozilla last year, I’ve spent alot of time thinking about what Freedom means particularly on the Web, and for the Web. Be that Freedom from the often evils of propriety technology, freedom to choose and online privacy, to accessibility and security. Its clear to me that here at Mozilla we have been doing an amazing job with our products and work, but there is a long way to go before the Web is closer to the vision we set out in the original Mozilla Manifesto guiding principles. Every day though we do get a little closer, and the Mozilla community grows a little stronger.

Launching Firefox 3 on June 17th recently, and seeing the amazing 8M+ number of downloads clock up in 24-hours – I was thrilled to see so many people freely making a choice on which Web browser they use. In fact, since those 24 hours, another 22M of you have also made that choice (Firefox 3 was now downloaded more than 30 million times in the last 18 days). To take a trip back down memory lane — some years ago, selecting your Web browser of choice was virtually impossible, there was really only one choice for most people. I’m glad to say we’ve come a long way since those days. Mozilla as an open source project and movement has been pivotal in driving back innovation and bringing forward choice to this most important window on the Web. But the work is by far not done, and we are only at the foot of the mountain.

So today on July 4th, I would urge you to also help promote freedom and choice on the Web.

Tell someone they do have a options,

show them how they can participate,

help them understand they too can help make the Web a better place for everyone.

Happy July 4th!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7486668.stm

Mozilla has officially made history with a new Guinness world record for the largest number of software downloads in a 24-hour period.”

Did you already download Firefox 3? Go get your Download Day certificate here:

http://www.spreadfirefox.com/en-US/worldrecord/certificate_form

I’m as proud as punch about mine…

Want to join the Firefox World Record group on Bebo? Check it out here and sign up! 🙂

http://www.bebo.com/firefoxworldrecord

Just a quick update to let you all know Firefox 3 will be released at 10am PDT – that’s 6pm GMT and 7pm CET. Not too much longer to wait… please hold in there!

Here’s the post on the Mozilla blog about the timing:
http://blog.mozilla.com/blog/2008/06/16/downloaddaykickoff/

We are nearly there!!
Standby!

Here at Mozilla we are getting ever closer to the final release of Firefox 3… the excitement is really building… we’re all absolutely looking forward to being live – very soon!

As part of our launch efforts we are announcing our intent at Mozilla today to set a Guinness World Record. The record will be for the “Largest number of software downloads in a single 24 hour period” –  we’re calling it “Download Day.”

Download Day will begin the very minute Firefox 3 becomes generally available and continue for a full day.

Check out the Download Day site: www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord

What can you do to help and get involved?

Many, many things… as part of our community of developers, supporters, and if you are one of Firefox’s 175 million users worldwide – we want to invite you to participate.

You can support the mission to set a Guinness World Record on Download Day by

1) Pledging to download Firefox 3
2) Hosting a Firefox 3 party – plan an impromptu Download Fest at your school office, or home on Download Day – anywhere with an Internet connection www.mozillaparty.com
3) Document your download fests with pictures and video. Please be sure to tag them “Firefox World Record.”
4) Inviting your friends, family and work mates to participate
5) Placing Download Day buttons on your Web site – www.spreadfirefox.com/worldrecord/getinvolved
6) Join one of the Download Day social networking groups and invite all your friends

We’ll keep you posted with more news of the coming days!!

Go pledge now!

For all you Brits out there.. what a total shame Norris McWhirter and Roy Castle from ‘Record Breakers‘ are not around for this one – child heros of mine…

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