I am sure you clicked on this article out of curiosity to find out about this weird news. Sorry to disappoint you then. But let’s find out if what it’s about, shall we? No one knows about tomorrow! But this is not because no one wants to know about tomorrow. Over time man has made sincere efforts to know what lies beyond the horizons of the sky, man wishes to spy into the wardrobe of fate to know what costumes tomorrow would wear, whether tomorrow would be ugly or beautiful! And now some intelligent persons has taken advantage of this; launching Google Fortunetelling. The revelation behind this is amazing as the site is just an intelligent web imposter yet with good purposes.
Is Google the answer to all your questions? If you think that’s the case, then you should try out the new fortune-teller by Google, Google Fortunetelling. The design of the website is such that it draws attention to the sad condition of refugees which was brought into play by the current migrant crisis Europe is facing. The way it works is that when the visitor opens the site, it suggests to you to ask a question pertaining to your future, but when you start typing, it fills it automatically to “where can I find a safe place?” And then the alternative questions suggested underneath this are just are concern-triggering – “Will I be reunited with my family?” and “Is there a place I can give my children a safe future?” And if you want to get people to react to the news of thousands of refugees seeking sanctuary in Europe, just entice them with the same; Google Fortunetelling. This is betagoogle.com’s latest approach. The site identifies itself as a fake Google site. It sets itself up as a fortune-teller, promising to predict the users’ future, if they type any question in the search bar. After the question is asked by the user, the site loads a message saying, “Of course we can’t predict your future! But 60 million refugees ask themselves every day if they have a future at all. So we used a fake Google-site to get your attention because apparently you were interested in your own future. Please take a moment to think of their future.” An image of a crystal ball appears and counts the number of people becoming new refugees and suggests users donate to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The catch is that the site isn’t affiliated in any way with Google.
The domain is registered to a party in Netherlands. The site simply matches the user with charity organisations where they can donate money. On the other hand, the real Google website bore a more traditional approach. They added a banner to a number of their sites with a “donate” button directed towards four different charities. Google for its part, matched donations until it reached the goal of $11 million. This is very typical as Google has single-handedly embarked on many humanitarian projects. At first glance, Google Fortunetelling looks like the genuine article. But take a second look, and you’ll notice the “Google Search” button has been replaced with one that says “Predict my future.” Users are prompted to enter questions about their future, and the site provides sample queries such as “Where can I find a safe place?” and “Will I be reunited with my family?” Enter a query, though, and you’ll be taken to another page that tells you — let’s be honest — what you already knew: “Of course we can’t predict your future!”
It then encourages users to take a moment to think about the futures of the 60 million people displaced by the conflict in Syria. The site is a fake page designed to raise awareness about the Syrian refugee crisis. The page includes a link to a donation page for UNHCR, the United Nations Refugee Agency. It also encourages users to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter. The site is registered in the Netherlands and isn’t affiliated with Google. However, the search giant pledged last week to match donations to refugee relief agencies. The URL (betagoogle.com) has its registration to the Netherlands and Chrome is flagging it as carrying possible harm for some users, much of this can be traced down to the copyright concerns of using Google’s name and new logo. Yet it is not likely that Google will take any public legal action yet as the company itself has been playing a grand role in fundraising to address the unsettling impact of the crisis. I encourage everyone that has a heart to think deeply about this. You might not have billions of dollars to donate there, but there homeless poor kids around you. Make a difference. Be their saviour. Help someone today.