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8,002,530 people downloaded Firefox 3 from 18:16 UTC on June 17, 2008 to 18:16 UTC on June 18, 2008 and if that was one of you thank you!! You helped set a Guinness World Record for the “largest number of software downloads in 24 hours.”

I’m still in awe of your accomplishment! As I blogged about before please dont forget to download your certificate!

Here’s the full quote from GWR: “As the arbiter and recorder of the world’s amazing facts, Guinness World Records is pleased to add Mozilla’s achievement to our archives,” said Gareth Deaves, Records Manager for Guinness World Records. “Mobilising over 8 million internet users within 24 hours is an extremely impressive accomplishment and we would like to congratulate the Mozilla community for their hard work and dedication.”

Read the official Mozilla Blog post

And see the press release for more facts

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We are finally all systems go a little later than planned – thanks for your patience out there, I know some folks were staying up into the wee hours in your time zone to be the first to download. I’ll be posting more here soon with some big shouts of thanks – but for the meantime…. please all go and download Firefox 3 now… 🙂

Last count there was more than 1.7 million pledges – I’m excited to see what numbers we can achieve in the next 24 hours. In a way the numbers do not matter – what matters, is that many millions of people will be using the very best and safest browser out there to date.

To be part of the World Record please download Firefox 3 by 11:16 a.m. PDT (18:16 UTC) on June 18th.  Please remember that Guinness is only counting complete downloads.   If you’re using an early version of Firefox 3, such as a beta or release candidate, you’ll need to download the new Firefox 3 to be counted.

Please help us document this history-making event with photos and videos.  Please tag images and videos with “Firefox 3,” “Download Fest,” “World Record,” and “Download Day.”

And to quote Mitchell –

“If you know anyone who’s not using Firefox already, now is the time.   Help them head over to Download Day, set a world record, and enjoy what the web can be.”

Very proud to be part of Mozilla today – well done everyone.

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