Google Chrome Asks You to Browse for a Good Cause
Article by George Norman
On 16 Dec 2010
Mountain View-based search engine giant Google announced that that it needs your help because it wants to donate up to $1million to the following 5 worthy causes:

The Nature Conservancy – conservation organization that protects ecologically important lands and waters.
charity: water – a non-profit organization that offers clean, safe drinking water to people in developing countries.
Doctors without Borders – international medical humanitarian organization that provides emergency aid in about 70 countries around the world.


Un Techo mi Pais – organization that wants to improve the quality of life of impoverished families through the construction of transitional housing.
Room to Read – organization that wants to transform the lives of children in developing countries by focusing on literacy and gender equality in education.

Where do you fit in? Well, Google’s donations will be based on how much you surf the web. To be more precise, on how many tabs you open in Google’s Chrome web browser. The more tabs you open, the more Google will donate. 10 tabs are the equivalent of 1 tree planted or 1 book published and donated. 25 tabs are the equivalent of 1 vaccination treatment provided to someone in need. 100 tabs are the equivalent of 1 square foot of shelter built for those without shelter. 200 tabs are the equivalent of all the clean water a person needs for an entire year.

You get to choose where Google’s money will go. At the end of the day you can pick one of the 5 worthy causes presented above; you can choose one cause and stick with that, or you can choose a different cause every day. The more tabs you open, the bigger a difference you can make.

If you are already using Chrome and you want to join the cause, you must get the Chrome for a Cause extension. If you are not using Chrome, you can get Chrome with the Chrome for a Cause Extension here. The initiative runs until the 19th of December, so act quickly.

“Whether it’s bug fixes to the Chromium open source project, dazzling apps and extensions arriving daily in our Web Store, or boundary-pushing Chrome experiments -- the Chrome community never fails to inspire us with their awesomeness,” commented Product Marketing Manager, Sarah Nahm. "This holiday, we wanted to enable the Chrome community to work together for a good cause."

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