By Kelsey Jones
If you haven’t watched the short film Caine’s Arcade, drop what you’re doing and do so now:
Last week we discussed (yet again) the ever-growing popularity of all that is social media. First it was the presidential candidates wanting to get in on the action – they’ve seen what a frenzy teenagers with access to internet phones can cause. (Examples Rebecca Black, Angry Birds, and #BreakingDawn.) Why not politics as well, they thought. But, it seems as though it wasn’t just the Oval Office hopefuls that have seen the potential that social media can bring. In just a few weeks, the United Nations will join the list of government entities to join the social media trend.
On December ...Read More
If you use Chrome regularly, you should have downloaded the Chrome For a Cause browsing extension, available from December 15-19. This extension counts how many tabs you use and then based on that number, you can choose to donate your “tabs” to several different charities, including The Nature Conservancy and Room to Read.
The number of tabs translates into vaccines, water, books, shelter, or trees. Whenever you start your browser for the day, it tells you how many tabs you accumulated the day before and then lets you choose who to donate them to. I never realized how many tabs I used in my browsers until I started donating them!
A friend did tell me that the tabs max out at 250 per day. Ten tabs equals 1 book or 1 tree planted, according to Google...Read More
UPDATE: Thanks to this week’s side deal on Groupon, I was able to donate $200 to DonorsChoose.org! The Groupon basically allows you to purchase a gift certificate to DonorsChoose.org for 50% off. I bought a $100 coupon, which is what this campaign has earned, was able to double my money! However, in order for the Groupon to be active, 500 people must purchase gift certificates. So if you’re in the giving mood, join Groupon and make a purchase!
Thank you to everyone for your support!
Back around the holiday season I did a post for ‘Cans for Comments‘ for a local animal shelter. And now that I’ve stumbled about the online charity organization DonorsChoose, I feel like I need to do it again. DonorsChoose.org allows teachers from around the United States to post a list of things they need for a special project or classroom. They include a price list of what is needed and individuals can contribute or “pitch in” to raise enough money to fund the project.
I’ve already donated to a teach that wants to bring Kurt Vonnegut’s Slaughterhouse 5 to her students, but I want to do more. That’s why, for every comment on The Social Robot between now and May 2010, I will donate $1 to a project on DonorsChoose.
So, as a recap:
Just as with December 2009’s ‘Cans for Com...Read More