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Google.com is black as the homepage! - Earth Hour

Discussion in 'Google' started by Shazz, Mar 29, 2008.

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    http://www.google.com/intl/en/earthhour/

    Google users in the United States will notice today that we "turned the lights out" on the Google.com homepage as a gesture to raise awareness of a worldwide energy conservation effort called Earth Hour. As to why we don't do this permanently - it saves no energy; modern displays use the same amount of power regardless of what they display. However, you can do something to reduce the energy consumption of your home PC by joining the Climate Savers Computing Initiative.
    SEMrush
    On Saturday, March 29, 2008, Earth Hour invites people around the world to turn off their lights for one hour – from 8:00pm to 9:00pm in their local time zone. On this day, cities around the world, including Copenhagen, Chicago, Melbourne, Dubai, and Tel Aviv, will hold events to acknowledge their commitment to energy conservation.

    Given our company's commitment to environmental awareness and energy efficiency, we strongly support the Earth Hour campaign, and have darkened our homepage today to help spread awareness of what we hope will be a highly successful global event.
     
    Shazz, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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  2. xc06

    xc06 Notable Member

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    i noticed too. :) didn't realized it is because of turning off lights.
     
    xc06, Mar 29, 2008 IP
  3. Shazz

    Shazz Prominent Member

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    I freaked out, thought it was something wrong with my browser :p
     
    Shazz, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    meaghannf Active Member

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    I think it's fantastic how this event has grown - it started in Australia last year and now cities all over the world are taking part. Google, of course, is all over it being in the San Francisco Bay Area. In fact, the whole city is encouraging businesses and individuals to take part.

    So... the real question is, can I turn my lights off but keep my computer running if I use google's black page? ;)
     
    meaghannf, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    TheSites Active Member

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    Google is awesome...
     
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    Same here, ROFL.
     
    miester, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    ShaneC Peon

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    Good cause and concept. I wonder about the statistics, if something like this actually makes a difference. Instead of dimming the page Google should shut down their servers for 1 hour! lol
     
    ShaneC, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    meaghannf Active Member

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    Are you guys familiar with Blackle? It's the same idea as Google (a search engine) but it's homepage is always black. It argues that this saves statistically significant amounts of energy (or it would if people used it instead of Google). Not sure it's true, but it shows Google isn't the first to have this idea.
     
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    I was thinking the same thing will this actually make a difference in the world?
     
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    I thought Google was hacked !! :eek: but only the front page was turned black.
     
    Bryce, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    Dreads Well-Known Member

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    they are coping blackle.. they should make this forever instead -_-
     
    Dreads, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    I thought it was my browser when I first saw it also. I kind of like the Earth Hour look.
     
    ebob, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    ameran Well-Known Member

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    I like that idea. I think Google is the only one who thought about it.
     
    ameran, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    bogart Notable Member

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    Shazz Prominent Member

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    Shazz, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    tmikuckis Active Member

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    yea I noticed that, I thought something was just wrong with the page at first. I tried refreshing the page a few times till I finally noticed what it was for. Then I went and turned some of my lights off :)
     
    tmikuckis, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    if you mean Earth Hour then yes, Australia alone saved the equivalent of taking of 50,000 cars off the road.
     
    masfenix, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    zippy1nut Well-Known Member

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    #18
    very kewl find.
     
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    Better yet, why could'nt Google unplug their servers for an hour. LOL. This blackout is a joke. If you really want to conserve and make a difference then visit my alternative fuels link in my sig.
     
    cogger, Mar 29, 2008 IP
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    angilina Notable Member

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    Silly me, I forgot to turn off the lights :)
     
    angilina, Mar 30, 2008 IP