What if we could make sense of our web searches, simply by changing our search engine? Whether at our workplace, at home, or on our mobile phone, we make nearly 3.3 billion requests every day just on google…
The dozens of keywords we type provide a wealth of personal information about our lives to Google, Yahoo and the company who sell them at high prices to profit-hungry brands. On average, each of us generates around € 30 per year through his web searches no matter which search engine it uses.
A nice gift that we give to Google and others in exchange for our privacy in short…
So, for those who don’t know it yet, we can change the game! And this, without moving from our computer!
-> A good resolution to start back to school to share with colleagues.
Lilo – “generous” in Hawaiian
There are alternatives, and having tested several, I chose to tell you about Lilo.
Not content with respecting our privacy and reducing its carbon footprint (with its servers and the responsible mailbox it offers), this search engine, as explained by its co-founder, Clément Le Bras, “Donates 50% of the turnover generated by the research of our internet users to solidarity projects. The rest finances our communication and our functioning. ”
And its operation is very simple: “With each search, the user produces a drop of water. He can then choose to which projects to pour back the drops of water he has accumulated. ”
In August 2018, either after only 3 years of activity, Lilo has already donated more than a million euros to 150 associations among which are those known to the general public such as the Colibris movement, SeaSheperd, the SPA, and others less known.
Because this is one of Lilo’s strengths: making young associations known to the public and giving them greater visibility.
The canvas becomes an ecosystem again
To manage to link clicks and concrete social and environmental actions, that’s what attracted the 800,000 monthly users that Lilo has today.
This creates a real link between project leaders and users and “It is putting the internet at the service of man and the environment” says Clément Le Bras.
And he adds that since the launch of Lilo, the team has received nearly 10,000 messages from users happy to have discovered associations they had never heard of: “Parents wrote to us that they discovered the Leka association thanks to Lilo. They were thus able to contact the association so that their autistic children could benefit from the services of this small interactive robot. “.
Everyone is free to finance or carry out a project that is close to their heart, whether social, educational, environmental, or related to health.
World CleanUp Day
It was by looking among the projects to support to use my accumulated drops of water that I discovered World CleanUp Day myself. An event I would like to tell you about.
On September 15, 2018, a global mobilization will take place which aims to bring together nearly 3.5 million people in England and nearly 5% of the world population to clean up the planet of waste littering the ground.
Everyone is aware of the amount of trash we produce each year (almost 500 kg per person), and you just have to wander around town or in the countryside to see cigarette butts, plastic bottles or dirty handkerchiefs on our way that pollute our trip and the planet!
It is therefore to do a great cleaning all together that this association has decided to register September 15 as the date when everyone has the opportunity to buy back for all the waste that they have sorted badly or worse, thrown in the nature.
This day will also be an opportunity to raise awareness among a large part of the population who still ignores these issues and does not realize how a simple gesture can change a lot.
Yaël Derhy, coordinator of the event, explains that since the association is registered as a project to support on Lilo, it receives each month a random sum which depends on the number of users who have decided to give their drops to the World CleanUp project Day this month.
She also specifies that “This contribution helps them in their young age to cover their administrative expenses and that the visibility that Lilo gives them also helps them reach a larger community.” “
YES, our research has a power: let’s give it the scope it deserves.
The future of the internet is in our hands!
To all those I see already arguing that search results are less relevant on younger search engines, I will answer them that for having been as skeptical as they were a few years ago, we hardly see any more differences in terms of interface, ergonomics and search results if not the virtual inexistence of sponsored links!
On the other hand, the more we will use this type of search engine, the more the quality will be improved.