Over One Billion Firefoxes Served
The milestone was reached yesterday afternoon as the company had expected. As forecast, Firefox reached its landmark download at 15:00UTC on Friday, at which point the browser was being downloaded at a rate of 24 times per second.
It is important to note that the billion number includes all versions of the browser since the first launch version in 2004 (its presently on 3.5). Also that the figure indicates downloads, not necessarily users.
To celebrate the achievement, Mozilla will launch One Billion + You over the weekend. The site will carry some amusing comparative statistics to help put the one billion number into context:
- A bowl big enough to fit one billion goldfish would be as big as a stadium.
- One billion stacked coins would reach nearly 1,000 miles high.
- One billion centimetres is approximately the distance from Chicago to Tokyo.
- One billion seconds is roughly 31.7 years.
- One billion kilograms is equal to the weight of 250,000 elephants.
- One billion credit cards weigh as much as fifty-two blue whales.