Firefox is Going Mainstream

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Posted on October 21, 2004 9:06 AM in Browsers
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Yesterday I stopped by QFC to pick up some Milk on my way home from work. I was conscious of the fact that I was wearing my Firefox t-shirt (newer versions are available online from the Mozilla Store) but that's just because I often wonder if anyone looks at it and knows what it is – or even better, if someone who doesn't know what it is makes a mental note to check out the website later on.

An interesting thing happened, though, as I approached the checkout line, milk in hand. I noticed the checker checking out my shirt (I guess a checker checking things out is appropriate). Then, he asked me if I do any development for Mozilla. Because I'm not the type to go rambling on about things, I chose the easier answer and just said "I'm a user," even though that isn't necessarily the whole truth.

After running off to get something for the guy who stood in front of me in line, the checker returned and followed his previous comment with "yeah, Firefox is the way to go." This was surprising enough. I've never heard of anyone in a public place (at least one that isn't full of geeks like myself) discussing Firefox or Mozilla with anyone.

Imagine my surprise when the guy in front of me in line turns to me and says, "Firefox is great because it has the tab interface – something that IE doesn't have."

The mere fact that these guys had heard of Firefox was a big deal to me, let alone the fact that they knew and could elaborate on why it is the best browser choice. Several months ago I wouldn't have believed this was possible. In fact, I didn't even think it was possible yesterday – so it was good to see.

Hopefully this is just the first link of many in a chain of events leading up to the eventual dominance of the Firefox browser.


foxs glacier mints on October 21, 2004 at 7:51 PM:

a life. get one


Bruce on October 21, 2004 at 9:13 PM:

Nice story. I haven't yet discussed Firefox with anyone with the outside world, but then I hear the outside world is where the bad people are, so I don't go out there much :)

Great to see it's getting some real exposure with Average Joes.


Arcanius on October 21, 2004 at 10:09 PM:

This makes me feel warm all over.

I preach Firefox to most of the people I associate with, which is mostly ex-MS engineers or the like. Well, I noticed a few weeks ago that one of them hs started to use it alongside IE (go figure) at work. I think I also convinced a few engineers from another company a while back. And its really good to hear it making it into the mainstream. Speaking of which, I could use some new t-shirts.


Marley on October 23, 2004 at 3:14 AM:

You know, I saw someone wearing a Firefox shirt the other day, and I thought about saying something (you know, something creative like, "nice shirt"), but I was just too annoyed with other things at the moment. Wouldn't it be amusing if it were you? If you live in Portland, I'm going to laugh. A lot.


Yes, I use Firefox.


jim on October 23, 2004 at 4:17 PM:

Hey, the guy was just flirting with you. Firefox was just a ploy. Ya know... like "hey that's a really cute puppy you have! I like dogs too." But you were probably right about the fact that he was checking you out!


Bernie Zimmermann on October 24, 2004 at 6:03 PM:

You had to go there, Jim, didn't you? :)


Dustin on October 24, 2004 at 9:22 PM:

I can't get over how popular Firefox is getting, and rightfully so. Ive successfully converted allot of my friends into using Firefox. Most of them switch when they see the tabbed browsing. Ive noticed the amount of visitors using Firefox visiting my website increasing as well.


Andrew on October 25, 2004 at 6:33 AM:

Yeah - I am absolutely loving firefox since i started using it. I went and talked to my boss the other day who is in charge of the it at my work about using open source and was suprised when he said " if i can use anything other than microsoft then i will'. So I installed firefox and we are currently trialling as well before we implement it. I found it kind of amusing when he was suprised how fast the pages were rendered with firefox - i think he had been using ie all his life???

Anyway, getting back to the point, I am definittely an advodate of firefox and won't be stopping until i have installed it on all my friends computers and hopefully spread it all throughout aus! (or at least briz)

btw, is there a link for purchasing a firefox tshirt?


Jerry Caskey on October 27, 2004 at 2:27 PM:

Firefox has answered by biggest wish - A Good, Hassel Free, Plain Jane Internet Browser that Bill Gates had nothing to do with.


Narina on October 28, 2004 at 6:24 AM:

Surprisingly, I was telling people to use firefox at uni the other day... As in, a bunch of my friends in my marketing course. Firefox is spreading like wild fire in the outback... I swear. Like, what the? I can't believe I was enlighetened one day back in... September 04. So not worthy.


jayeola franklyn on April 21, 2005 at 6:32 AM:

My name is jerklin am a citizen of usa i just resided in nigeria for
business purpose and just opened a store there i just want to know if
can ship to Nigeria before i can purchase all the wholesales from
store i will like you to answer to these questions below ,
(1) Do you ship to Nigeria
(3) Do you ship via fedex, courier sevice
if these question is answerable i will like you to reply me ASAP


Bernie Zimmermann on April 23, 2005 at 7:14 PM:

Hey Jerklin, what do people call you for short? ;)


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