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The Easiest Way Ever to Help Miro

December 17th, 2007 by Nicholas Reville

Today we’re launching a new Miro fundraiser that may be the first of its kind. It’s called I Heart Miro.

You know those referral codes that bloggers use to link to books on Amazon? When you buy something from a referral link, the blogger gets a small portion of the proceeds. Other sites, like the public radio station WBUR.org ask you to start your Amazon shopping at the search box on their site– whatever you buy helps support the station. It’s all part of the “Amazon Associates” program.

What we’re launching today is a special Firefox extension that works the same way. Install the extension, shop at Amazon, and a portion of what you buy will be donated to Participatory Culture Foundation, the non-profit organization that makes Miro. It’s super easy, doesn’t cost you anything, and it makes a *big* difference to our ability to keep improving Miro (maybe we’ll be able to hire another programmer soon).

So check out I Heart Miro, get the extension, do some shopping at Amazon, and help build open media!

Here’s a badge you can put on your site to help spread the word:


Add the badge to your site:

<a href="http://www.iheartmiro.org/" title="iheartmiro - the easiest way to support open media"><img src="http://www.iheartmiro.org/images/iheartbadge.png" style="border: 0;" alt="iheartmiro - the easiest way to support open media"></a>

Thanks for the support!

10 Responses to “The Easiest Way Ever to Help Miro”

  1. Paul Irish says:

    This is very cool. And thanks for GPLing the code inside, it’s a beauty to look at!

  2. The alt text you suggest is wrong: it should be alt=”The easiest way to support open media: i ♥ Miro”, or perhaps alt=”i ♥ Miro”. (This isn’t being picky—it’s a full-on violation of the standard. Ian Hickson agrees.)

    Also, the website’s user agent string sniffing doesn’t offer the extension to trunk builds of Firefox (which call themselves “Minefield”); any Gecko-based browser should be able to refuse extensions it’s incompatible with, so you only need to check for Gecko (if even that) before offering the extension.

  3. Gregg Nicholas says:

    I’ve installed the extension. The url showed your tag when I hit Amazon, but it’s gone now that I’m purchasing a product. Hope it works.

  4. Dean Jansen says:


    Thanks for the help :)

    That’s the expected behavior.


  5. Ken Caudle says:

    I live in Canada, does this apply to amazon.ca as well?

  6. Nicholas Reville says:

    Yes, it should work for all amazon sites around the globe.

  7. Dan P says:

    Since my wife buys allot on amazon I think you will get some contribution from us. I think this is a very good way to raise funds without actually having to send money directly to you. Kepp up the good work. Cheers from snowy Monteal.

  8. Electronic Monies Log…

    On the third annual PARK(ing) Day, urban parking spaces across the country were commandeered and turned into small oases….

  9. Paul says:

    I was thinking of doing something similar for a non-profit I work with and wanted to check out your code. I was happy to read the comment that your code had been GPLed, but I can't seem to find that code anyplace. Am I missing something obvious? or did it possibility get removed? This post was from a while ago some maybe it is no longer available. Any pointers appreciated.

    • Paul says:

      I figured I was missing something obvious. I had seen the xpi file but had not realized that this was basically a ZIP file of the components needed to implement the add-on. But since I had kept digging, I found a thread which mentioned that point and was then able to read/understand the content. Now I just have to figure out what has to be changed to make it work with our affiliate code, but still leave the info to give credit to Participatory Culture Foundation.

      You can browse the source online at
      https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/files/br…or just
      download the XPI (http://www.iheartmiro.org/iHeartMiro-latest.xpi).
      It's a standard ZIP file

      Thanks again

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