Save the world with your phone!
- App review for CauseWorld
- Posted by jessicadally March 13, 2010
- Recommended for Students, Shopaholics, Career People, Social Butterflies, Budget Hawks or Tech/Social Networking Junkies
OK, maybe not save the world, but better then nothing right?
Fitting that I would review this app just after an update as they’ve managed to fix all my biggest complaints. Think of CauseWorld as a boring foursquare with a cause/purpose. Basically you check in at different places you visit and earn “karmas”, or points you can donate to a cause. Sounds boring and certainly it’s not the most exciting app you’ll ever own, but it might well be the easiest app you’ll ever own for giving back to your community.
Since Causeworld has been started people who use the app have donated 150,000 meals to hungry Americans, planted over 37,000 trees in rainforests, donated over 16,000 books to children not to mention helping after the disaster in Haiti. Now CauseWorld has added a few more charities and made it easier to earn karma points and donate them.
Prior to the update you could only donate one time per cause per click, in other words, if you want to donate 3 times to Haiti you had to donate, wait for the app to do it’s thing, go back, donate again, etc etc. It was a serious pain. Now you can choose how many of your Karmas you want to donate all at once which is a huge improvement. The app also lets you know how long you need to wait between each check in, as it won’t let you check in at 10 places one right after the other. Finally, the new update also lets you earn karmas by scanning items at the place you checked in. I haven’t tried this part as I’m just not that patient, but if you’re there and up for it, it’s yet another way to give.
I’d love to see this app take on more of a FourSquare or Gowalla feel, exchanging items, seeing others who have checked in at a place, etc, but for now this will do as what it lacks in fun it makes up for in helping others.
In the end this app isn’t going to replace volunteering or actual cash donations to needy charities, but if you’re already at the store, why not click a button, check in and do something helpful for the planet and it’s people at the same time?
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