Some Thoughts on Firefox’s Fifth Birthday

Firefox’s fifth anniversary arrived. Looking at my SFX account, it is almost as old as the browser, but I started using this way of thinking much earlier, at the times of Mosaic and Netscape, but that’s another topic.

The presents are the most important thing in a birthday party. But if we are talking about Firefox’s birthday the most important topic would be the web-freedom. Most of the people I know use Firefox. I also know people, who have been using the browser before it was called that way, but so few of them understand the meaning of “open web”, which is really a pity.

It is true, that spirit, beer and cake are very important for a birthday, but it is even more important for this fifth anniversary that we could find many new people, understanding the open web and contributing to its development.

Who creates the Bulgarian web?

Years ago the answer to this question inevitably would have been “The web companies”; the companies, which first launched websites, made them popular and attracted many users; the ones, which developed the Bulgarian web through many new portals, services, discounts, advertisements, and so on and so forth.
If you ask them now – “Who makes the Bulgarian web?” they would answer “We do”; if we ask the people on the streets, they would probably answer the same: “They do”.
But that’s not true. You, creating and sharing content every day, commenting, writing, blogging, uploading pictures and video, publishing articles in Wikipedia and anywhere else, YOU create the Bulgarian web, not the companies, remember that!
Things are changing at a breakneck speed and while years ago the web companies created the web, now they are just a small part of the whole cloud of everyone, included in the task and taking part in it, willing or not.
The web-evolution started a long time ago and YOU are a part of it. YOU CREATE THE BULGARIAN WEB.

I believe that’s the spirit for a Firefox birthday party; it must clarify and teach, not just to gather people, who know what Firefox is to drink beer and talk loudly.

That’s why we launched a campaign to make this happen. From October 14th until November 9th the Mozilla Bulgaria Team will present about 6 lectures in different places around the country, telling of the open web, our freedom, the personal space of each of us and the way we can protect it in the Internet. We will be discussing open standards, explaining what Firefox is and why we should celebrate on November 9th not only an anniversary, but something bigger: the realized notion that web – this is you.

Mozilla Europe Blog

A Mozilla Camp 2009 story

A part from Patrick’s blog post about Mozilla Camp Europe is about me:) Thanks Patrick for organizing the advocacy track and for being so polite and friendly.

Here is the story:

Bogo Shopov kicked us off on Saturday in fine style. To learn more about Bogo and his adventures in freedom fighting, you can read his page, Who the f**k is Bogo -few “About” pages start so promisingly. Bogo kicked us off by explaining that his mother told him not to talk to strangers, and consequently we all had to introduce ourselves. And then…a pantomime, “The non-linear behaviour of a business mind”. For about 15 minutes, Bogo silently performed his working day. I think this was to make us consider decision making cycles in businesses. But it might have just been a laugh. Mission accomplished on both counts, and a wonderful and imaginative way to kick off the track.

Me@Mozcamp2009. Author: Patrick Finch

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Mozilla Firefox Catches up with Internet Explorer in Bulgaria

In terms of market share, Mozilla Firefox is a lot more popular in Bulgaria than it is globally, and appears to be catching with Internet Explorer.

This becomes clear from data about the market share of the Internet browsers in Bulgaria in September provided by the metric agencies Gemius and Nielsen, as cited by the Pari Daily.

Internet Explorer has a 52,4% market share in Bulgaria, whereas Firefox is used by 39,1%. This contrasts with the global market shares of the two most popular browsers. Globally, Internet Explorer has 65,7%, whereas Mozilla Firefox has 23,75%.

In September 2009, Firefox increased its global market share by 0,77%, whereas Internet Explorer lost 1,26%.

Another major difference between the Bulgarian market of Internet browsers is that the Norwegian browser Opera is the third most popular with a share of 4,43%, whereas Apple’s Safari is out of the top 3.

Novinite.com