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Opening 60,599,541 Chrome Tabs for $1,000,000

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A good thing.

Earlier this month, Google pledged that it would donate money for every Chrome tab opened. The program ran from December 15 through to December 19 and it was capped at $1 million. Thanks to everyone's tabulous efforts, the cap was hit.

The program pledged to donate money to charity based on how many tabs opened during the day.

  • 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

Each Chrome user chose the causes their tabs would support, and this is where the money is going:

  • $245,278 toward planting trees in the Atlantic Forest, one of the world’s endangered tropical forests.
  • $232,791 toward providing clean water, by building freshwater wells for communities in developing nations.
  • $112,078 toward building shelter, to be constructed by volunteers for impoverished families in Latin America.
  • $267,336 toward administering vaccinations against meningitis to combat outbreaks in Africa.
  • $142,518 toward publishing books by local writers and illustrators, which will be created and donated to schools and libraries across Asia and Africa.

Read more at the Chrome blog.

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    Jaspel , December 25, 2010 7:09 AM
    ...and how does google know when I open a tab??
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    morerice , December 25, 2010 7:15 AM
    you have to download an extension for chrome if you want to participate in the program. It just counted the tabs and you submitted them at the end of the day (caps at 250 tabs a day)
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    Silmarunya , December 25, 2010 7:17 AM
    Great! Now I just hope they also find a way of keeping track of the money. If these projects are carried out in well governed nations (to regional standards at least) like Brazil, most Asian countries or Ghana for example, this is great. I'm afraid that in defunct states like Congo a lot of money will stick along its way to the project...
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    ddragoonss , December 25, 2010 7:26 AM
    Jaspel...and how does google know when I open a tab??


    http://lmgtfy.com

    http://chrome.blogspot.com/2010/12/browse-for-good-cause.html
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    carl0ski , December 25, 2010 7:28 AM
    you had to install an optional Chrome eXTENSION to participate,

    they weren't covertly spying on all chrome users
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    amk09 , December 25, 2010 7:41 AM
    Jaspel...and how does google know when I open a tab??


    I hope you weren't implying anything and that was an honest question.
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    warmon6 , December 25, 2010 7:45 AM
    carl0skiyou had to install an optional Chrome eXTENSION to participate,they weren't covertly spying on all chrome users


    OH but thats what they want you to think! /sarcasm :lol: 



    Just like everyone said jaspel, you needed to download an extension to participate.

    Although i wounder what those extensions are doing now so they have no use. Hmm....
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    55Range , December 25, 2010 8:36 AM
    hmm - Well , original-
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    cookoy , December 25, 2010 11:57 AM
    yup, a good thing! hope google repeats this more often. others can join too.
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    darkbunny , December 25, 2010 1:54 PM
    warmon6Although i wounder what those extensions are doing now so they have no use. Hmm....


    So delete the extension(?)
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    Zeh , December 25, 2010 2:12 PM
    SilmarunyaGreat! Now I just hope they also find a way of keeping track of the money. If these projects are carried out in well governed nations (to regional standards at least) like Brazil, most Asian countries or Ghana for example, this is great. I'm afraid that in defunct states like Congo a lot of money will stick along its way to the project...


    Just reinforcing "regional standards"... Cause I live in Brazil, and I know how much money doesn't get to where it was supposed to.
    Not to mention the taxes that are outrageous. As a comparison, we're paying R$670 for a HD6850, wich translates to U$400. What does that tell ya?

    If things don't change, and soon, I'm moving out as soon as I finish college.

    Anyways, great job by google. I wish we saw more of that.
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    danorou , December 25, 2010 2:42 PM
    Hah, do the math, they went one dollar over $1,000,000.
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    xerroz , December 25, 2010 5:01 PM
    Jaspel...and how does google know when I open a tab??

    they know every single thing you do when using chrome or google, theyre watching you every second, theyre like big brother. google is watching you 24/7. I'd stop using google right now
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    kkiddu , December 25, 2010 7:10 PM
    I think people who engaged in tabbed Chrome browsing specially 'for the environment' were just stupid.

    There are so many Chrome users and they were bound to reach the tabs target some time or the other. Amazing marketing ploy.
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    The_Prophecy , December 25, 2010 9:04 PM
    Pretty good marketing idea, but it didn't work with me. I downloaded Chrome to a VM image, added in the extension and opened 250 tabs every day that this was active, and have now deleted the VM. I don't like Chrome, I just like making Google shell out money (even if it is for a good cause).
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    cp8427 , December 25, 2010 10:44 PM
    nice! so i contributed like 40 vaccinations... lol.
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    MasterCATZ , December 26, 2010 12:28 AM
    Glad they hit the CAP , I didn't even know about it and I rack up an easy 1k tabs a day .. ( in IE / FF / C 32 + 64 bit versions )

    still rather FF tho ... but using chrome these days due to an FF memory Leak
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    JOSHSKORN , December 26, 2010 12:41 AM
    Jaspel...and how does google know when I open a tab??

    This makes me want to stop using Google Chrome as of riiiight...NOW!
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    dEAne , December 26, 2010 1:10 AM
    You make lots of difference doing something better for earth and the community.
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    jlefebre6001 , December 26, 2010 2:09 AM
    Jaspel...and how does google know when I open a tab??


    I hate reading too. I'll read the title and then post my comment, but that's about it.
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