Mozilla, Firefox, and China (谋智,火狐,中国)

We have so many things going on at Mozilla that it’s tough to keep track of them all — and by personality, I tend to focus on all the areas that need work, more than I focus on all the stuff that’s working great. (for confirmation, check this recent post.)

So it really cheered me up today to see Li’s post about the Mozilla Manifesto translated into Chinese.

Our work in China is something that’s gone incredibly well this year — at the start of this year we had a very small market share there (something like 0.5%), and no team really focusing on it (but a community that was ready to be energized). But Li is doing great — we’ve got an office and a small full-time team working hard now, we’re working hard to engage the community, and our market share has at least tripled, to something between 1.5% and 2%. This is really good news, because getting to 5 or 6% market share will mean that a whole lot more sites in China will start testing against and working with Firefox.

I personally have learned a ton about China through this work — have gotten to go meet some interesting and amazing folks (including our own team there) 3 times, and am looking forward to more visits. Notwithstanding ongoing weirdness with redirects there, the Chinese consumer Internet is being shaped right now, and I’m excited we have an opportunity to make a difference.

I’m going to be incredibly interested to watch reaction to the Mozilla Manifesto there.

5 Replies to “Mozilla, Firefox, and China (谋智,火狐,中国)”

  1. I would like to read more from John’s Blog. He has background with Apple.I was an Apple 2 user from 1982 when I was a research fellow of Harvard Medical School at Brigham & women’s Hospital.Later I back to Beijing & still work at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital as a surgeon & developed intravenous nutrition technic in China.But, since 2000 I have to use Windows 2000 because I should communicate with my colleagues by IBM computers.2007, I try to use Firefox & have found that is very good browser indeed. Now I use Windows XP & Mac OS 10 both system.Wish to learn more about the history of Firefox.ZM Jiang, MD, FACS

  2. I would like to read more from John’s Blog. He has background with Apple.

    I was an Apple 2 user from 1982 when I was a research fellow of Harvard Medical School at Brigham & women’s Hospital.

    Later I back to Beijing & still work at the Peking Union Medical College Hospital as a surgeon & developed intravenous nutrition technic in China.

    But, since 2000 I have to use Windows 2000 because I should communicate with my colleagues by IBM computers.

    2007, I try to use Firefox & have found that is very good browser indeed.

    Now I use Windows XP & Mac OS 10 both system.

    Wish to learn more about the history of Firefox.

    ZM Jiang, MD, FACS

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