Google the Echidna and Save a Pika

Ever feel like you’re wasting time on Wikipedia or Google? You probably are. I know I am. But today, I found a way to continue wasting hours on the internet and feel great about it. Facebook Causes has launched a new search bar that gives money to your favorite cause, each time you do a web search.

I’m a bit biased, of course, and chose for my searches to go toward the National Wildlife Federation’s Facebook Cause.

So now, 1 cent is donated to support NWF’s work to protect wildlife every time I wonder just what is up with a star-nosed mole…


…or just how come the axolotl is always so happy…


Now you’re wondering, right? Well before you google axolotl, set up the new search bar, and give a penny to NWF.

Here’s how:

  1. If you haven’t already, download the Facebook Causes Application.
  2. Find a cause to support, such as National Wildlife Federation or Protect Wildlife
  3. Download the new Facebook Cause search bar, and set it to donate to your favorite wildlife group.
  4. Get to searching!

Everytime you use the search bar to look up something new, Causes will donate one cent to the cause of your choice (NWF, right?). This app is brand new, and will only work in Firefox and Internet Explorer at the moment.

Does that mean it’s buggy? Yeah, it’s got a few kinks to be worked out, but the developers are quick to get back to you if you’ve got a question, and they’re looking to make the toolbar better. Become an early adopter–two good deeds for the price of one.

Leave a comment below if you try out the toolbar, and want to let us know what you think. And leave a comment if your searches lead you to find any other interesting creatures.

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Published: July 30, 2009