Google donates your open tabs to charity

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Dec 16, 2010
  1. soulx
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    When you’re a professional blogger, you have a lot of tabs open on an hourly basis. Like fifty. Or a hundred. Or so many that your top of the line iMac maxed out with RAM and loaded with a lightning fast SSD drive bogs down and begins to spit out acrid smoke. It becomes such a part of your daily life that you spend more time than you could even imagine having passionate opinions about the way browsers display tabs: are favicons necessary? What about multi-rows?

    In other words, being a pro blogger can be pretty stupid… but when Google comes along and announces a new charitable initiative as cool as Chrome for a Cause, I thank my lucky stars I have a career that makes me passionate about anything as pedantic as tabs.

    What’s Chrome for a Cause? It’s a new extension for Chrome which, if you’re a Chrome user, you should install now. What happens when you install? Every tab you open from that moment forward will trigger Google to make a donation to one of five charities, including

    * The Nature Conservancy
    * charity: water
    * Doctors Without Borders
    * Un Techo para mi Pais
    * Room To Read

    Everyday from today, the 15th, and December 19th, Chrome for a Cause will count how many tabs you have opened, multiply that into cash and ask you at the end of the day which charity to donate your tabs to.

    Brilliant. I think, though, Google may have overestimated their fortune: they can not even begin to imagine how many tabs bloggers open up in the course of a day. We’ll bleed them dry.[/p]

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    Time to start opening those tabs! [​IMG]
     


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    Ah, very clever Google.

    I'm not going to fall for your marketing tricks; Are you really that desperate for people to use your browser?
     
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    I already use Chrome so I have no reason not to install it [​IMG]
     
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    Chrome is a nice browser already. But it's good to know me using it is benefiting someone in need.
     
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    How cool! I'm a chronic tabber, so I could definitely make a significant contribution...
    Too bad I got addicted to the latest Firefox Beta.
     
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    I'm guessing its a 1 cent to 1 tab ratio nonetheless still a great idea.
     
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    i gotta use my chrome on those days more often
     
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    Meh, I use Chrome. So long I don't need to pay anything I'm in.
     
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    Wow, good on you Google.
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    Could we got some money, too Google pl0x?
     
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    I'm pretty sure they don't want to announce a ratio/rate before the operation is completed, otherwise people would abuse it.
    Once the amount of tabs has been collected they'll calculate a ratio that matches what they expected.
    they probably already know how much they're gonna give away.
     
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    For only 4 days, I'm hoping the tab to donation amount is enough that it will make a big difference. I don't use Chrome, but this is still a really awesome thing they're doing.
     
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    Just got it, i reopened all my tabs and I'm on 10 [​IMG] This is such a great idea, now I'm helping charities with what I'd do anyway [​IMG] Google
     
  15. Delta517

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    Good idea by Google! [​IMG]

    I would have done it if I had Chrome, but I'm using Firefox. [​IMG]
     
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    Google has set the max amount they are willing to donate and also limited the amount of tabs which count to the cause per person, per day...

    http://www.google.com/chrome/intl/en/p/cause/tos/

    When you take into account the $6.5 billion profit Google makes per year their contribution suddenly seems a lot smaller.

    I still installed it anyway just to help push Google closer to the $1 million donation.
     
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    That's a pretty cool idea, i'm a doted firefox user though, I've set up my browsing experience just the way I like it.

    Free Rice has a thing too, you install a plugin that lets you search webpages using the Free Rice engine.
    Means you aren't using google though, so boo. [​IMG]
     
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    Firefox Beta 4 is great but it bums me out that it doesn't have support for most plugins, like stylish...
     
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    I'm always using Minefield for my browsing (Firefox nightly builds, at the moment mainly Firefox 4 alphas/early beta builds), and you can just install Nightly Tester Tools that amongst many tools, allows you to force enable addons which usually function normally, although a few addons here and there require certain updates to function properly with new builds.
     
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    Good go Google
     

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