A better GoodSearch? Should somebody check my English here? Well, while the rest of this blog may not be totally grammatically correct, the title is fine. GoodSearch, if you are unaware, is a search engine that allows you to support that charity of your choice by searching the internet. Yes, that's right, that's all it takes to make a small donation to the charity of your choice. While the actual numbers aren't huge for each search - a combined effort can snowball into large amounts of money for great causes. Just think of how many times you Google something everyday - I know I alone search at least 20 times a day.
The other really cool functionality of GoodSearch is that if you purchase goods from one of the suggested retailers, a portion of the proceeds are given to the charity of your choice. Even cooler - last night I purchased some tickets to the World Champion Phillies (sorry I'm still excited almost 10 months later), and four percent of the proceeds are being donated to the cause of my choice - the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
Again, you pick the charity of your choice, you search, they get money. There are 81 THOUSAND charities signed up. From what I can tell, the biggest winner is the ASPCA, who has earned $27,000!
So what the heck does this have to do with the Microsoft and Yahoo deal? Well, GoodSearch is currently powered by the number two search engine, Yahoo. Now that the two giants are teaming up, this surely only means that GoodSearch's searching functionality will only get better. While, my personal preference has always been the Google search engine - I can only assume that adding the new Bing platform to Yahoo's search functionality will only allow GoodSearch to become an even better resource for finding what you need. So what's your excuse for not being a do-gooder? Add it to your favorites, download their wonderful search toolbar, and start giving back by doing what you do anyway!