Web 2.0: Share web badges for charity and heal the world

Since Em and I work as freelancers in a young start-up business, it’s often difficult for us financially to ‘do our bit’ and donate to worthy causes. By that I mean organizations and activities that toil to improve the states of the planet and humanity. I did however just stumble upon the website Everywun which makes spreading positive messages and raising money for charitable causes exceptionally easy for anyone with an internet presence.

My first encounter with web 2.0 charitable giving came through the Causes application for Facebook back in 2007, and it’s good to see that the process is evolving. Unlike many alternatives who require viewers to donate directly, simply displaying sponsored ‘badges’ like these drives financial donations from the sponsoring businesses, directly to the causes you care most for.

Signing up is quick, simple and doesn’t ask for any personal information beyond your name and email address, and your account can be linked to your Facebook profile with a simple click of a button. Code is also generated so you can embed the badges, as they appear below. The process is painless and takes well under 5 minutes… time well spent in reducing the disparities in education, health and welfare between developed and developing countries. It’s not all about people either, and badges supporting progressive environmental action and animal welfare are also available, no doubt with more great causes to follow. In short, if you’re a sensitive, altruistic internet user with a web presence (even if it’s just a Facebook profile) spend a few minutes at Everywun and brighten up the planet’s future.

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Web 2.0: Social network profile integration & chain-reactions

I’ve been devoting much of my time of late to exploring Web 2.0 possibilities in the last few weeks… services, sites, widgets and ways to integrate them. Now that we all have profiles all over the place (Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, YouTube and countless others) keeping them all relevant can be pretty time consuming. Fortunately developers appear to be aware of this and are doing something about it. Here’s a cute little example of my most recent Web 2.0 chain reaction (websites updating other websites and profiles automatically). This is a pretty neat development, and can be handy both socially and professionally.

In this case, my goal was to proliferate my online video, and share the awareness of it as broadly as possible.

example of a web 2.0 chain reaction
example of a web 2.0 chain reaction
  1. TubeMogul.com – The chain reaction begins when I upload a video to TubeMogul. The site then redistributes the video to multiple video sites, including YouTube and a dozen or more others.
  2. Viddler.com – Viddler receives the file from TubeMogul reposts it there, and notifies my Twitter account. It posts my ‘followers’ a link to the vid automatically.
  3. Twitter.com – my Twitter account is linked to my Facebook profile, so in turn, Twitter updates my Facebook status and voila… my video upload is all over my major social profiles for minimal sweat.

Other sites that are worth a peep and help integrate your various profiles are FriendFeed and Wink. It seems Facebook is wise to this being a key aspect to the future of social networking, and has added an ‘Import’ button on your profile Wall… check it out and get linkin’!

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