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"How about to me?!"
No.. but to a very good cause!
This may sound like one of those "Send this e-mail to 10 friends and Microsoft will send you money" e-mails, but believe me, it is entirely true. As part promotion, part gesture-of-good-will, the Windows Live team has decided to give a portion of their advertising dollars to charity.
You decide! (And this is where it sounds kinda like those e-mails..) All you need to do is run Windows Live Messenger 8.1, and put a special code/emoticon ( in your "name" entry that designates which charity you want to give to.
Here are the basics (cut from Nicole's blog (emphasis mine), where you can find even more details and links to information):
note: currently the donation only applies to Windows Live Messenger users in the United States. If you are in the US and you are IMing with a contact in another country your IM activity will be counted towards the donation.
Here's the list of i'm emoticon codes and the causes you can choose from:
What are the i'm emoticon codes and causes?
Still not convinced that this is on the up-and-up? Here is the official i'm initiative web site. (im.live.com)
What an easy way to make sure a worthy charity gets some money!
A portion of the advertising money from Windows Live Messenger 8.1 will go to various charities if you put certain codes in your personal message. You can get a list of charities and how to "attach" them to your profile here. A good cause, and easy t