Microsoft purchased a promoted Tweet on the social networking site Twitter on Tuesday.
The tweet showed up in any search results for Firefox, just as the company released its latest browser edition. Mozilla technical evangelist Paul Rouget spotted the promoted tweet and was shocked at the blatant hijack. “Please, tell me this is not true,” wrote Rouget as he posted a screenshot of the promoted Tweet in Firefox search results on Twitter. The Mozilla worker also asked Microsoft not to be “lame.” Other Twitter users spotted the promoted tweet and started mentioning the piggybacking. Microsoft quickly removed the promoted tweet shortly afterwards.
Mozilla launched version 4 of its browser on Tuesday. At the time of writing the company noted over 2 million downloads or 135 downloads per second – 8200 per minute. Internet Explorer 9 was released to the web on Monday March 14 and clocked up 27 downloads per second, over 250 downloads every 10 seconds. Microsoft claims it reached 2.3 million Internet Explorer 9 downloads in just 24 hours. Mozilla looks set to break that figure only hours after its release, meanwhile the company is celebrating its release with fox costumes and cake.
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