I was monitoring Twitter (as I usually do) at the time and the anticipation and buildup was something to behold. People were waiting around until 1PM to download Firefox 3. Some were doing countdowns. Then, as 1 PM hit, the race began and Twitter was abuzz with the fact that the Mozilla servers were crashing like mad.
When I downloaded the new browser later in the day, it took forever to connect. But, once it did the download itself was lightning fast. For me, the upgrade was fairly boring seeing as I was already running Release Candidate 3. But, I downloaded the Final for both my Mac Pro and MacBook Pro yesterday just to help them out in their goal.
So, the goal was 5 million downloads. And they have surpassed it. As of this morning, they have had just over 5.8 million downloads of the new version of Firefox.
If you want to assist, you have until 2:16 PM EST today to download the browser. Of course, you can download it after that as well, but doing it in the timeframe means your download will count towards the world record that Mozilla has now made.
Despite the server issues, they made it. Now, let’s have the folks at Mozilla take a drive over to Twitter to show them how it’s done.
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