Mozilla is encouraging Firefox users to help it break the Guinness World Record for the largest number of software downloads in 24 hours.
The company has started a campaign asking users to pledge to download the next full release of its browser – Firefox 3 - on the day it becomes available. A final release date has yet to be set, but Firefox 3 is expected to become available in mid-June.
The company is deeming the day of its release 'Download Day' and is asking fans to not only pledge to download Firefox 3, but to host parties to encourage friends to download with them, and place 'Download Day' buttons on their websites as reminders of the big day.
Currently there is no world record for software downloads; Mozilla is trying to create one with Firefox 3 and its Download Day festivities.
According to the campaign's website, once Download Day is over, Mozilla plans to provide the Guinness Book of World Records a signed statement of authentication from its judges showing that it followed rules for breaking records; the company also will confirm download numbers. Mozilla also plans to send video footage and photographs of Mozilla users hosting download parties as well as download logs for a sample size of Firefox 3 downloads to prove it has set a world record.
While the fanfare may seem a bit geeky, Firefox - released in November 2004 - has inspired a significant and rather fervent fan base. This is in part because it was the first browser in years to give Microsoft's Internet Explorer viable competition. The browser even has its own fan page (sign-in required) on the Facebook social-networking site, with 79,174 fans signed up and counting.
According to Mozilla, there are more than 175 million users of Firefox, which is available in more than 45 languages and used in more than 230 countries.
More information about how users can participate in Download Day is available on the campaign's website.