Filed under: Imagination
Regarding my previous post about goodsearch.com, I wrote them an email about how installing and using the goodsearch searchbar didn’t seem to update a charity’s tally. Within three hours one of the cofounders called me back(!!!) and told me that they don’t have that functionality built in yet.
So basically, when you are at goodsearch.com you can help the NGO of your choice, but not by using the search bar. He also told me that they would have a new version coming out pretty soon that allows IE users to have their searchbar tally count toward their favorite nonprofit, but the firefox version is months away.
I hope they build the functionality in soon. I use my searchbar all the time, and would love to rack up some pennies for my favorite NGO-du-jour. In my opinion Google is a better search engine than Yahoo!, so for me to use an inferior search engine I at least want to have the proceeds go to my favorite nonprofit.
They also said that currently charities get 50% of revenues, which they hope to increase in the future.
I played around and entered some nonprofits into the “I’m supporting” bar and clicked to see how much they’ve raised. The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer led the pack with $2.29 when I checked.
Goodsearch seems like a really imaginative idea. They make money, nonprofits make money, individuals don’t have to sacrifice anything; everyone wins. They’ll need lots of users to really make a difference, so they will be interesting to watch develop. I’ll definitely keep an eye on them; we need more businesses like Goodsearch.
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