The short videos show people getting so entranced by, the Mozilla Foundation's open-source browser, that they do things like scream loud enough to crack office walls and become distracted enough to take a bite out of a cell phone, as if it were a candy bar.
President, Mozilla Europe
The Mozilla Foundation said Thursday that the campaign had racked up nearly half a million hits in less than a week.
The campaign was launched last week by Mozilla Europe, the European affiliate of the Mozilla Foundation. It is already experiencing "very significant daily growth," despite a low-key launch from the blog of Tristan Nitot, the president of Mozilla Europe.
"This is just the beginning," Nitot said. "I only posted it on my personal blog, and it's already spreading nicely. We wanted to start small, as we were concerned that servers wouldn't be able to handle the load."
The videos had registered 300,000 hits by the end of the weekend, Nitot said, and were nearing 500,000 hits by Tuesday--the latest figures that were available on Thursday. The videos can be viewed at Funnyfox.org, a site set up by Mozilla Europe with help from the Pozz Agency.
"The idea is to be funny and get people in interested in what Firefox is," Nitot said.
Nitot said that Mozilla Europe did not have the money to pay for an advertisement on television, so instead the group decided to host the videos online and encourage Firefox fans to spread word of them by e-mail.
Previous Firefox marketing campaigns included print ads in Web site.and a , both of which were paid for by the open-source community. The Mozilla Foundation has also encouraged local marketing activities through the Spread Firefox
Ingrid Marson of ZDNet UK reported from London.