Just So You Know

Let me start this by saying if at any time you read a message that compels you to a response, by all means... feel free to continue the learning. You DO NOT have to leave your real name or any name for that matter. When you click "post a comment" or however it reads, you have 3 options. Once on the actual comments page, you'll see prior replies as well. Then there's the 'leave a comment' field. Under that are CAPTCHA and 'choose an identity' (name) options. CAPTCHA is designed to slam SPAM as well as let me know a human is posting vs. a computer generated response. Again, I do not consume beef nor pork so SPAM is not welcomed. Even a photograph of it bothers me. Ok, not really but you get my point and hence you will see the moderation message when you've finalized your post. The identity/name options are as follows:

1) Log-in using (drop down menu for those registered with those services)

2) Nickname and URL - allows you to choose any name and/or link your site to it

3) Anonymous (you can use it but I still have the right to decide if it gets published publicly or not - GOOD FOR ME - YAY!!)

So there ya go. Send me $49.99 if you use these instructions in your own BlogSpot. Cash, cashier's check, money order and Western Union accepted 24/7. :D

Friday, March 19, 2010

CauseWorld - Donate With An 'App'

Weeks ago while browsing Android's 'The Market' looking for something new to play with, on the main page was this app named 'CauseWorld'. First off, an 'app' is short for application or in this case - a mini program that you use on your cell phone. If you still don't know that it is, then you don't have the phone that's capable of this sort of technology. Anyhow, 'CauseWorld' makes it so cell phones users can donate to various charities just by visiting any store listed in the radius. You don't even have to get out the car. I actually hit it on the beltway doing said beltway speed and get my "karma" on. It's just two taps if you open it PRIOR to putting the car in drive. *woooh, cleared that up for those pesky ones who will ask if I'm using my cell to text while driving*

Here's how it works. You install the app to your phone. Go to the 'Check-In tab and the closer you get to a location, the lil icon for the amount of "karma" you can donate will turn green. That is if:

1) you are not maxed for the day and/or
2) you are within radius of location to earn.
3) you have already earned "karma" for that particular location in 24 hour period

If it is gray, then one of the above has happened. So, it it is green select from the list of possible locations. WHALLAH... you've just added "karma" to your profile which then translates into $$ for organizations such as LiveStrong, American Red Cross, and the American Humane Society. There are 19 different causes to support all with a tap of your finger. It's fun, easy and charitable all rolled into one. I am having loads of fun until I max out for the day. Oh, I didn't mention that? Back up... when you donate, the increments are in 5's. Each location gives you 5 "karma" and you can only use that site once a day. So if there is a Giant Foods up the street, once per day there and then once per day at the next location. And then... there's the 50 "karmas" per day cap too. It was 100 when I came on board but since so many more great donaters jumped on board, the support has to be spread out. After you've maxed out for that day and/or you want to donate heaps, go to your "Me" page to see where've you donated your "karma" thus so far. You will earn badges for various things such as holiday check-ins, time of day check-ins, levels of support to one organization, number of check-ins per set increment and much more. Your page can get pretty full if you keep at it. I'm spreading the love to every organization there but my tops are Chile, Haiti and, Humane Society and LiveStrong. Well actually, I think my carbon reduction count is pretty high. I love the footprints video. Yes, small videos (as they stored to my phone this way) animate once you start donating. NICE!!

Right now, I am a Philanthropist (with 2090 "karma" donated to date) and next up is Altruist. There's also a 'Feed' tab where you can view what others are donating and where to as well as connection to your Facebook to let those folks know they can join in too, if they want. It's been upgraded to include much more features like sharing "karma" and I hope a Twitter updater. Android's build takes awhile longer and I am eagerly waiting it's arrival. I am wondering how many more companies will see this as a great opportunity to utilize this donation source. Kraft Foods & Citi are funders of the program with as little as 20% staying in CauseWorld. Just yesterday while in 'The Market', I noticed that T-Mobile has 'CauseWorld' in their 'Top Picks'. I've screen capped a few pics of that but will add more so you can see the app in detail. 'CauseWorld' used my photo to Blog about it. Check it out here - http://blog.causeworld.com/2010/03/thank-you-android-users.html

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