You would think that Mozilla would want to maximize exposure to their Firefox 3 “Download Day”.
But unless you’re so into Firefox that you read the Mozilla blog or the trades, you will only see mention of the date (today as of this writing).
But there is also a time. That is 10:00 AM PDT (-0800 UTC/GMT).
Now last I checked, there 24 time zones on this planet. So, for a good portion of Asia and the Pacific, “Download Day” isn’t on the 17th at all.
There were a number of comments on SpreadFirefox with regard to this. Many were unhappy. I can’t blame them. If Mozilla wants hype, then they blew it.
Their best bet it to hope they can set the record with just the downloads from North & South America. I suspect others won’t even bother for another 24-48 hours (or they’ll just use the update feature in Firefox 2).
I just read mention of the 10:00AM time on the Mozilla blog, but why isn’t (wasn’t) it in prominent places on Mozilla.com?
They blew it.
BTW, as of this writing, for those that want to say “screw the contest, you can get Firefox via one of the mirror sites. You can ignore the warning message you may see on on them and click through to find your download. As of this early morning writing, Firefox 3 is already on most (if not all) of the mirrors.
Here are a few screenshots of the places you’d expect better information.
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/?from=getfirefox (a/k/a: getfirefox.com and www.mozilla.com).
You blew it, Mozilla.