Well, my fellow followers, I’m going to be very blunt here to spare some of you. If you don’t want to go out of your way, if you don’t like change, and if you don’t really give a damn about helping out the rest of the world, you have no need to read this post. I won’t be offended since I’m sure there are other ways to help the world and I understand this doesn’t go with everyone’s style. I’ll offer up a TLDR at the end anyway.
Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get started.
We all use the internet. If you’re reading this, you’re part of the vast network that is the interconnected web of the internet. At this point, we’re all just doing our own things on here, be it for work or leisure, convenience or knowledge, and so forth. I am a huge fan of helping out the world and there are two very specific browser extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox that let you browse and work towards a good cause. Let’s get started, shall we?
All you need to understand right now is that hearts are a visual representation of money earned through seeing specific ads. We all hate ads (unless you’re making money from them) and would rather not have to deal with them when possible. Tabs for a Cause and Goodblock both work together to maximize your impact in the world by merely browsing the internet.
Tabs for a Cause: I’ve been using this addon for well over a year now and I absolutely love it. Other than the extremely convenient New Tab Page that I get to customize (I have all my bookmarks on there), it only shows two itsy bitsy ads on the bottom corners. These tiny little ads give me one heart. Every time I open a new tab, I earn a heart, and they gradually begin to add up. Whenever I find fit, I can donate these hearts to essentially put the money I earned towards a specific cause I am fond of. Other than the fact you are essentially doing charity while merely browsing the web, you can login to your Tabs for a Cause account from any computer, adding hearts together and getting your bookmarks no matter where you are.
Goodblock: This is essentially a charitable version of Adblock, but a lot cooler. It blocks all annoying ads you don’t want to deal with while giving you the option to exclude adblocking for certain websites if needed. Every day, you’ll have a cute tiny butterfly pop up in the bottom left corner of your screen. If you click it, you get a well-thought out huge one page ad in a new tab that earns you ten hearts. I particularly love the fun facts I get whenever I do that. Same concept as Tabs for a Cause, you can donate these hearts towards charitable organizations to help out the world community. If you’re the competitive or completionist type, they recently added achievements to Goodblock so you can even have something to strive towards.
Charitable organizations that you can donate hearts to are: Human Rights Watch, Save The Children, Water.org, Action Against Hunger, Conservation International, Room To Read, Educate!, and The Foundation To Decrease Worldsuck.
The following links will take you to the extension page.
Tabs for a Cause: http://tab.gladly.io/?r=11096468
TLDR; You browse the internet and these extensions for Google Chrome and Firefox allow you do to charity in the process.