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Google's Donating Money for Every Tab You Open

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 33 comments

Your tabulous browsing habits can help raise money for charity.

Aren't tabs wonderful? You can open countless web pages without having to close the last and flick between them at will. We could go on about how the advent of tabs in web browsers has changed the way we work/play/surf, but we don't need to. Tabs are just plain useful and everyone kind of knows it.

However, if you want to make your browser work harder than it already does, consider participating in Google's Chrome for a Cause campaign. The program pledges to tally up your tabs at the end of each day and donate money to charity based on how many you opened during the day. Here's how it breaks down:

  • 10 tabs = 1 tree planted
  • 10 tabs = 1 book published and donated
  • 25 tabs = 1 vaccination treatment provided
  • 100 tabs = 1 square foot of shelter built
  • 200 tabs = 1 person's clean water for a year

Google has partnered with five charities for Chrome for Cause. These are The Nature Conservancy, Doctors without Borders, Charity: Water, Room to Read, and Un Techno para mi PaĆ­s. To contribute, all you have to do is download the Chrome for a Cause extension for Chrome and start opening tabs. Google is only running the program from December 15 through to December 19 and it's capped at $1 million so be sure to get moving on this as soon as possible for maximum warm and fuzzy feelings.

Check out Chrome for a Cause here.

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    jerreece , December 17, 2010 2:23 AM
    This is both a marketing campaign for Google, and Chrome, and a means to have thousands of people voluntarily install a plug-in which monitors your activity so Google can analyze all the data. :) 

    At least they're going to donate $1 million to some charities.
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    joelmartinez , December 17, 2010 2:17 AM
    I use Opera...
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    chickenhoagie , December 17, 2010 2:20 AM
    time to bring up my autoclicker..

    heres to all the thirsty humans out there!
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    jerreece , December 17, 2010 2:23 AM
    This is both a marketing campaign for Google, and Chrome, and a means to have thousands of people voluntarily install a plug-in which monitors your activity so Google can analyze all the data. :) 

    At least they're going to donate $1 million to some charities.
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    Marco925 , December 17, 2010 2:41 AM
    i can so see a 4chan meme coming from this where everyone opens up 100 tabs and cost google alot of money.
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    blakphoenix , December 17, 2010 2:47 AM
    Why such a low cap..? :( 
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    enzo matrix , December 17, 2010 2:48 AM
    The more you press ctrl+t, the more google donates. But the count appears to require a 1 full second between each new tab. I guess they want to avoid people pressing and holding ctrl+t
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    jskilnyk , December 17, 2010 2:57 AM
    This is the kind of advertising I support! Open away boys!
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    the_krasno , December 17, 2010 3:26 AM
    blakphoenixWhy such a low cap..?


    Still, when you have 1M you can buy lots of stuff in large quantities for a significantly lower price.

    Meaning is, Google can do more with one mill than you or me could because they are a company and they have permits/credit to purchase HUGE amounts of stuff to give to charity.

    Still, I agree, that cap is low and is going to be maxed in a day. I hope they extend the cap once that happens.
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    shovenose , December 17, 2010 3:44 AM
    i already did the max of 250 tabs. :)  ctrl+t lol
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    K-zon , December 17, 2010 3:51 AM
    The one issue with it is the time frame and money amount, if the time frame was longer and maybe more money was into it, could be something to feel warm and fuzzy about longer without other weird stuff, cause i gotta redownload myself.
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    xantek24 , December 17, 2010 3:52 AM
    here, here! to Project Purity!
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    servarus , December 17, 2010 4:55 AM
    How nice of them...
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    The_Prophecy , December 17, 2010 5:09 AM
    250 tabs in a VM.... I don't use Chrome, I just like making Google spend money... good cause or otherwise.
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    Benihana , December 17, 2010 6:15 AM
    Open up your porn on those tabs and know that your helping the needy...
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    TunaSoda , December 17, 2010 7:47 AM
    I hate tabs, never use them EVER
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    tubers , December 17, 2010 8:04 AM
    Sweet! I am happy about this. I open up multiple tabs across 2 monitors daily! I hope this isn't a virus
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    willgart , December 17, 2010 10:18 AM
    1million only??? is it a joke?
    and they use the users as an excuse for this?
    a lot of companies donate this amount without asking their customers to participate in a game.
    if they say we'll spend a maximum of 1billion, I will participate. for 1billion a company can call the public to achieve the goal.
    but 1million for google... its ridiculous.
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    clist , December 17, 2010 11:25 AM
    I still doesn't understand why having multiple tabs locked into one window is better then simply opening pages in new windows. When they are in new windows I can still "flick between them" with my alt-tab and I can move them where I like on my desktop if I want to see more than one. I've tried using tabs maybe 3 times and each time I asked myself "why?"
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    chrisg683 , December 17, 2010 1:25 PM
    The point here isn't to be charitable. It's to snoop on your data and gain valuable marketing information.

    They'll be sifting through your browsing long after they've hit the cap, that's the point
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    rubix_1011 , December 17, 2010 1:48 PM
    I want to see the proof of Google actually doing it...photos, links, videos, etc.

    If this really is the case, the entire world would be making this a headline.

    People will believe and do anything if they think its 'generosity' like advertised...do you not think for a second this won't benefit Google in some way? Please...they will generate millions of dollars due to this stunt.

    Stop blindly believing they are genuinely good and selfless for doing something like this.
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