Bill Gates Is Sending Me 1 Million Dollars

OK, that’s not true, but this post sounds like one of those spam chain emails that we have all seen. I finished reading this article from Greg’s Cool [Insert Clever Name] of The Day and decided to do a little more research on the matter. After reading through the material at the i’m Initiative Home Page I realized that maybe, just maybe somethings that sound too good to be true are really true! Microsoft is sharing a portion of the proceeds from the advertising with the charity of your choosing from their list. Now when I use IM, i’m making a difference for the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of America.

I will admit that I have been reluctant to upgrade to Windows Live Messenger, I just do not like the advertisements. Now, I don’t mind them because I know that my conversations are helping. All I need to do is use Live Messenger 8.1 and put a special tag at the end of my name ‘im Making a Difference, so that I still show up alphabetically (Greg’s tip), and it works.
The current charities that are being donated to and the codes you need to put at the end of your name are:

Text Code Cause
*red+u American Red Cross
*bgca Boys & Girls Club
*naf National AIDS Fund
*mssoc National Multiple Sclerosis Society
*sierra Sierra Club
*komen Susan G. Komen for the Cure
*unicef The US fund for UNICEF

If you support any of these charities and you are an MSN or Live Messenger user, I urge you to participate. Thanks Greg for sharing this one!

[Update] I see that this has become a popular topic today. This is an encouraging sign for these charities!

[Update 2] Now I wish I would have upgraded to Live Messenger earlier!  My old MSN Messenger had the odd problem of “lag”.  Any time a new conversation window would open, regardless of whether it was me double clicking on a name or someone else sending me an IM to start a conversation, Messenger would lag up to 30 seconds.  The window would show up, but I would not be able to type, nor would I see the sent message until the “lag” period had elapsed.

My problems have disappeared!  8.1 seems to be much more responsive.  I still do not know why it was behaving the way it was (my previous version was 7.<something>) but that’s all in the past now!  Not only are my conversations contributing to a fine charity, it’s doing it without the dreaded lag!


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