Firefox Affiliates adds BrowserID for locales

28 03 2012

Yo Dawg, we heard you like BrowserID, so we put BrowserID in your Firefox Affiliates locale so you can be in control of your identity while you spread the word about Firefox, no matter what language you speak.

That’s right, BrowserID (Persona) is now available for Firefox Affiliates in CS, DE, EN-US, ES, FR, FY-NL, NL, PL, PT-BR, SL, ZH-TW. There are still a couple of Affiliates locales left to go. We’ll update you as soon as we have them ready.


More locales for Firefox Affiliates

8 02 2012

We just can’t stop addling locales to Firefox Affiliates! Everyone’s favourite site for sharing Firefox with the world is now available in Albanian, Croatian, Slovak, Serbian and Serbian Latin.

We’ve also added buttons for sharing Thunderbird in all locales and WebFWD, Mozilla’s open innovation program, which is available in EN-US only.

If you’d like to add a locale to affiliates (South Asia, I’m looking at you), please contact me or ping us in #affiliates on IRC. 🙂

New locales and buttons on Firefox Affiliates

22 12 2011

Since we launched Firefox Affiliates in October of this year, we’ve been making consistent additions and improvements to the site. We track all of these changes on the Affiliates wiki (or more accurately, Mike Kelly and Chris More track them and I am thankful for it – like, all the time thankful for it). If you’d like to dig into the improvements we’ve made, have a look at the releases for this year.

A couple of highlights for for Affiliates users. We’ve added French (Hourra!) and Czech (Hurá!) locales and added new buttons for Firefox Aurora (all locales except for fy-NL) and Firefox Beta (EN-US only right now as button l10n is still in progress).

2012 is looking great for Firefox Affiliates. Contests and prizing are queued up, new features are in development and we’re very close to being able to add locales for Korean, Bosnian, Albanian, Turkish, Serbian, Slovak and Russian. Migration of buttons from SpreadThunderbird is in progress too. We’ve also gotten a ton of help from our l10n teams in Asia in finding the right fonts and layouts for  buttons in those regions. A huge thank you to those teams for all their help.

If you’d like to help out have a look at the wiki to see what’s coming up. If you’d like to make Affiliates available in your locale or region or if you are a web developer familiar with HTML, CSS, Python or Django and want to get involved, please contact us at or come hang out in #affiliates on irc.

BrowserID on Firefox Affiliates

22 12 2011

As of today, Firefox Affiliates has switched to BrowserID for users on the EN-US locale. If you previously had an Affiliates account, you can sign up for BrowserID with the same email address you used for signing up with Firefox Affiliates. If you’re not a Firefox Affiliate (shame on you!) just sign up using BrowserID and you can host Firefox buttons of all kinds on your website or blog.

We’ll be adding BrowserID in our other affiliate locales in 2012. If you’d like to learn more about BrowserID and how it works, this post on the Hacks Blog is a good primer.

Kudos  and thanks to the Affiliates and BrowserID teams for getting this live. We’re pretty excited to have this up and running only a few months after launching the new Affiliates program.



Firefox Affiliates is here!!

19 10 2011

Today is a very good day. Today we’re re-launching the Firefox Affiliates program, a centralized hub for getting and sharing Firefox and Mozilla download buttons.

Unlike traditional affiliate programs, Firefox Affiliates doesn’t dole out cash for clicks or downloads. Instead top affiliates will get prizes, praise and good vibes. Top affiliates will be featured on the leaderboards (which update daily, so easy on that refresh button) and qualify for all kinds of great Firefox prizes.

The first set of buttons available are Firefox for Desktop, Firefox for Mobile and Firefox Plugin checker. Thanks to our amazing l10n and creative teams, these buttons are available in all launch locales: EN-US, ES, PT-BR, DE, Zh-TW, NL, Fy-NL, PL and SL. More locales will be added in the coming weeks. If you’re interested in adding a locale, please contact Stas Malolepszy, Milos Dinic or me for details. Mozilla recruiting buttons are currently available in EN-US, but will expanded to more locales as the contributor on-boarding process is expanded.

While we’re very happy that Firefox Affiliates has launched, it doesn’t stop there. We will continue to add more buttons, locales and features to the program. To do that, we need your help. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the Firefox Affiliates team, contact us at or come hang out with us in #affiliates in irc.

I’d like to personally thank the kick-ass Affiliates build and launch team for getting this project up and running: Chris More, Mike Kelly, Corey Shields, Stas Malolepszy, Milos Dinic, Fred Wenzel, Matthew Brandt, Stephen Donner, Rebecca Billings, Paul Booker, Yvan Boily, Jason Thomas, Tobias Markus, Dave Dash, Alex Mayes, Ty Flanagan, Matej Novak, Laura Forrest and our amazing localizers. ^5s to all.

PS. Please sign up to be a Firefox Affiliate today. Host a button on your blog or website and please, please tell your friends. Also, if you’d like to help spread the word about the program please feel free to tweet about it!

Sample Tweet:
Become a Firefox Affiliate and get everything you need to share Firefox with the world!

Let’s chat about Firefox Affiliates

3 08 2011

We’re zipping along with development of the new Firefox Affiliates program. In preparation for launching the new program this quarter and to help us plan features of v2, we’ll be holding irc chats next week.

To accommodate interested Mozillians all over the world, we’ll be holding two chat sessions in #affiliates.

The first will be next Tuesday, August 9 at 9 a.m. Eastern Time (2 p.m. GMT, 6 a.m. PT). Then we’ll do it all again next Wednesday, August 10 at 6 p.m. Eastern Time (11 p.m. GMT, 3 p.m. PT).

If you can’t make the chat sessions, please feel free to drop in your ideas at or contact me directly.

Looking forward to chatting with you!

Looking back on Mozilla Parks

8 07 2011

As David pointed out in his blog post about our parks program, we created some fundraising campaigns in 2010 and 2011 to help illustrate the need to protect the digital spaces we enjoy as well as the physical marvels of nature around the world. Inspired by the program created by Mozilla Japan for Firefox 3.5, Shiretoko, we realized we had a way to explain our mission in a way that a broader audience could understand.

We started in 2010 by partnering with the Madagascar Fauna Group, whose mission was to protect lemur habitats by discouraging deforestation and encouraging education on the island nation of Madagascar. We chose this group because Firefox 3.6 was code named Namoroka for a park in the north of Madagascar. The Mozilla community came together and raised almost $12,000.

The next parks project was for Thunderbird 3.0, which had been codenamed Lanikai after one of the world’s most beautiful beaches in Hawaii. For this campaign we partnered with Kupu, a local not-for-profit that meshes conservation of engandered sea birds with providing educational and career opportunities for at-risk youth. Again, the Mozilla community came through, raising more than $7,000 to help them use digital tecnology to support their mission.

Our last parks campaign in 2011 was with World Wildlife Fund. Firefox 4 was code named Tumucumaque for the world’s largest rainforest park in the north of Brazil. The park is bigger than belgium and the biodiversity of its ecosystem is like nowhere else on earth. This campaign was focused on raising funds to help the WWF protect this park in Brazil, protecing speices like the Jaguar. The Mozilla community raised over $13,000. We really do rock.  In addition to the fundraising campaign, Mozilla Japan created the Virtual Park demo, demonstrating the how we all create a diverse digital ecosystem with cool jungle graphics.

In all the campaigns we were able to use our considerable reach to help different not-for-profits around the world. Donations came in primarily from the US and Canada (the campaigns weren’t localized sadly), but people all over the world contributed to help these causes.

We also got some amazing feedback from our users on the program. Many people contacted us to thank us for doing good, happy to see Mozilla getting involved in conservation efforts. Even a gradeschool teacher in the United States used our lemur campaign to teach her students about Madagasar and the animals that live there.

As the program has been closed for now, you can check out an archive of all the old campaign pages here. A huge thank you to everyone who participated and donated.