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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Google Chrome: It Gets Better

Posted by on Tue, May 3, 2011 at 8:29 PM

So good*:

* Not just the commercial, but the whole, huge, amazing thing. Way to go Dan and Terry.


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TVDinner 4
Oh man, I've had a shitastic day, but that makes it pale in comparison. I'm so, so glad Dan and Terry did this project. What an incredible difference it's making.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on May 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM · Report this
I don't usually see Glee. But for some reason it was on and I am so glad because that was a marvelous fabulous wonderful commercial. You guys have halped so many people, and this was a great great spot to further the message. Love it. Congratulations!
Posted by alion on May 3, 2011 at 8:43 PM · Report this
Cook 6
this is an amazing commercial. wow.
Posted by Cook on May 3, 2011 at 8:59 PM · Report this
kim in portland 7
Absolutely wonderful.
Posted by kim in portland on May 3, 2011 at 9:05 PM · Report this
yelahneb 8
Right on, Dan. "It Gets Better" keeps getting better!
Posted by yelahneb on May 3, 2011 at 9:08 PM · Report this
mikethehammer 9
I watched the first 10 seconds somewhat resentfully, thinking google is just exploiting a wonderful venture for their own consumer, profit driven agenda (and really do think they're more & more often testing the bounds of their stated un-evil agenda) but was in tears by the end. Bastards.
Posted by mikethehammer on May 3, 2011 at 9:22 PM · Report this
Aw, that's sweet - I love the selections, and that the music wasn't at all swelly-stringsy. (There better be one serious paycheck attached to that!)
Posted by gloomy gus on May 3, 2011 at 9:23 PM · Report this
shw3nn 11
I just read period troll's post through tears and it made me feel oddly violated.
Posted by shw3nn on May 3, 2011 at 9:23 PM · Report this
Aww, I cried. So lovely. Well done, google.
Posted by JenV on May 3, 2011 at 9:34 PM · Report this
e. ebullient 13
Nice! I'm a fan of Chrome, and an even bigger fan of It Gets Better. I'm happy to see that they're both getting good exposure together.
Posted by e. ebullient on May 3, 2011 at 9:38 PM · Report this
Eva Hopkins 14
Hooray for this. I started putting together my own "It Gets Better" video, hit a rough patch where it didn't feel better for awhile, but am now feeling back on track. It'll be after the book, after the commercial - but damn. How can I *not*? Even if it's just one drop in a really big bucket by now.

Dan - thanks for IGBP. This commercial was soooo tasteful, too. Cheers.
Posted by Eva Hopkins on May 3, 2011 at 9:41 PM · Report this
Dang it, got something in my eye. Allergies, etc.
Posted by Luckier on May 3, 2011 at 9:56 PM · Report this
Lissa 16
I sat on Boyfriend #2’s couch holding hands with his other girlfriend Miss J, and we wept with joy. (Cuz we’re weepers, but that’s beside the point.) Thank you Dan and Terry, and the more than a million others who have contributed to this project. The tide is turning, and IGBP is helping to make the world a better place. As Bensson34 wrote: I have hope.
Posted by Lissa on May 3, 2011 at 10:08 PM · Report this
This was genius! It gave me chills. Bravo to Google, Dan Savage, and the It Gets Better family! :D
Posted by cdm7 on May 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM · Report this
Lissa 18
Oh, and to whomever? Thanks for pulling Period Troll's comment @1.
Posted by Lissa on May 3, 2011 at 10:10 PM · Report this
despicable me 19
Love It Gets Better <3
Posted by despicable me on May 3, 2011 at 10:11 PM · Report this
The cause is great, the project is great, the ad is horrible. Google is using the Trevor Project to promote its products? Thats sad.
Posted by krizoitz on May 3, 2011 at 10:16 PM · Report this
Lissa 21
@20: Think how many people were reached tonight through that commercial. And Chrome is a pretty good browser..... :)
Posted by Lissa on May 3, 2011 at 10:25 PM · Report this
rock on.
Posted by neverbeenthere on May 3, 2011 at 10:36 PM · Report this
Posted by heatherly on May 3, 2011 at 10:38 PM · Report this

Makes me glad I watched Glee!!
Posted by Merchant Seaman on May 3, 2011 at 10:39 PM · Report this
Freaking great.
Posted by gnossos on May 3, 2011 at 10:44 PM · Report this
ScrawnyKayaker 26
Hell, even if it's a commercial for a huge, maybe-not-being-evil corporation, it's pretty fucking awesome that Dan and Terry have created a project that can genuinely be held up as an example of the BEST the on-line world has to offer.

And by "awesome," I mean "inspiring awe," not the cheap, trivial meaning the kids usually make of it. It Gets Better should go on your tombstones. Well done, guys!
Posted by ScrawnyKayaker on May 3, 2011 at 11:07 PM · Report this
CodyBolt 27
This is AWESOME!
Posted by CodyBolt on May 3, 2011 at 11:19 PM · Report this
Soupytwist 28
Huge, amazing, and impactful ad. I'm so proud of everyone involved - even though I don't know any of them, that other people can be so kind and generous with their stories makes me hopeful and proud to be a person.
Posted by Soupytwist on May 3, 2011 at 11:23 PM · Report this
Seattle Quake Rugby represented at :59 right between Anne Hathaway and Lady Gaga! Yay!
Posted by UNPAID COMMENTER on May 3, 2011 at 11:36 PM · Report this
As I sit here with a dying father and a loving partner, I hope this message gets to all kids out there. Life is going to have some really fucking hard periods, whether you are gay, straight or other. It's also going to have a handful of moments that are so brilliant and pure and wonderful that each one of them makes every moment of pain worthwhile. Don't give up while you're in the moment of pain, because you'll miss out on those moments of love.
Posted by One who found "better" on May 4, 2011 at 12:10 AM · Report this
emma's bee 32
Wonderful commercial, Google. Fantastic work, Dan, Terry and all involved in igbp!
Posted by emma's bee on May 4, 2011 at 4:03 AM · Report this
So dan, do you use chrome?
Posted by rob from burque on May 4, 2011 at 4:17 AM · Report this
Mixed feelings. Was very moved by what I thought was an "It Gets Better" PSA airing during Glee. How brilliant, I thought. Was a little slow on the uptake in realizing it was a commercial (and a commercial, after all, for a product I can't use because I don't have the right operating system on my Mac). Still, an overall beautiful effort and a chilling couple of minutes - chilling in a great way.
Posted by zberg on May 4, 2011 at 5:21 AM · Report this
@20 google uses IGB, but it also promote it on tv: that's mutually beneficial.
Posted by Kyrie on May 4, 2011 at 5:42 AM · Report this
Canuck 37
Beautiful comment, @30

Thanks for this, I hadn't seen it, truly amazing. Made me weepy.
Posted by Canuck on May 4, 2011 at 6:04 AM · Report this
Canuck 38
PS You guys probably got the same one, but I just got an email from the IGBP, with a link to send this to others...if you didn't get it, just go to the IGBP site to post it elsewhere or send it along...
Posted by Canuck on May 4, 2011 at 7:07 AM · Report this
AmyC 39
to mikethehammer @9 - my thoughts exactly.
Posted by AmyC on May 4, 2011 at 7:08 AM · Report this
autumnattic 40
Wow. Teared up and got goosebumps. Amazing you Dan and Terry...what a fabulous thing you've done!
Posted by autumnattic on May 4, 2011 at 7:13 AM · Report this
Lissa 41
Put it up on my facebook last night.
Good Morning Canuck!
Posted by Lissa on May 4, 2011 at 7:24 AM · Report this
@35 - No doubt that there's a reinforcement loop, but that's an exceptionally bold claim that summarily eliminates all other potential causes. Furthermore, as you describe the study, it's a snapshot. Why don't you ask the kid who just came home from school being taunted for his perceived sexuality all day and told he's going to rot in hell, only to have to front to his parents out of fear of being kicked to the curb that his feelings are really just the result of stereotyping and media attention, and not the constant abuse.

Do battered partners stay in bad relationships because we have a cultural narrative that says DV survivors are too weak to leave?
Posted by McStudent on May 4, 2011 at 7:39 AM · Report this
Canuck 43
Morning, Lissa!
Posted by Canuck on May 4, 2011 at 7:48 AM · Report this
Beth in NJ 44
@20, it's funny how people can look at the same thing and see something completely different. You see Google as using the It Gets Better Project to promote it products, but what I see is Google as using their huge bank account and name recognition to bring attention to a worthwhile cause that a lot of people might not have heard of before.
Posted by Beth in NJ on May 4, 2011 at 7:49 AM · Report this
@44, I suppose it's an example of what the biz types used to call "synergy", and what we think of in the broader culture as a "win-win". Sure, there's an exploitation going on, but it's mutual, and it does have a genuinely higher purpose than the usual ads would.…

In the same way, @35 and @42 refer to different sides of the same existing situation. Both are true, but not equally important at the moment, I suspect.

Best I can tell, the study doesn't claim to be definitive, but serves to suggest a possible downside to kids if suicide prevention messages devolve into smarmy solicitude. Not too difficult to see there may be something to that. But that has to be set against the benefits unfolding before our eyes.

Kids are self-reporting on YouTube that the experience of watching these videos, and the very fact of this trove of supportive messages, has helped them. Though the study suggests kids may or may not overrate the truth of that (teen drama is what it is), it's undeniable that because kids are expressing relief there in fact is some for them. That's always welcome in a teen's life, no?

Add to that the huge numbers of adults also reporting genuine relief themselves from the anxiety all the suicides have caused them. Huge numbers of grownups believe they've been able to help kids who are or will be hurting by the simple act of putting up for display the videos they've taken of them talking about themselves supportively. And millions more adults would never post a video but are delighted and relieved IGBP continues to grow.

Add to that the cultural power of uniting LGBT kids and adults and allies in a high-profile mutual support effort under the banner of altruism, and it's clear we're all well on the beneficial side here.

So proud of these fellas!

Posted by gloomy gus on May 4, 2011 at 8:25 AM · Report this
Canuck 46
Well said, gus.
Posted by Canuck on May 4, 2011 at 8:35 AM · Report this
Beautiful—it put tears in my eyes. Well done, you guys, and classy.
Posted by mitten on May 4, 2011 at 8:37 AM · Report this
Even though it's a commercial... all the work you put into It Gets Better and all of your endeavors keep me from losing all hope in humanity... even after you post news about gay bashers, religious nuts, and misogynists.

So thanks for that.
Posted by erly on May 4, 2011 at 8:39 AM · Report this
Womyn2me 49
I felt proud of Dan and Terry for starting it and reaching out to our young ones.

but the guy who said "I dont even know you and I love you" is what started my household weeping.

I am so happy to be alive in this time.
Posted by Womyn2me http://http:\\ on May 4, 2011 at 8:41 AM · Report this
I love the commercial and I would support it by using Chrome, but has anyone figured out how to turn off the automatic spellchecking on a Mac? Until this is possible, I'm sticking with Firefox. (But yay for It Gets Better.)
Posted by chris in dk on May 4, 2011 at 8:48 AM · Report this
Awww, I cried too. So touched.

Dan Savage, Messenger. Love it.
Posted by DanFan503 on May 4, 2011 at 8:49 AM · Report this
despicable me 52
I'm a little emotional about this this morning and very proud. I'm so happy our teens and young people are being helped by this project. Please continue to share the love and give someone 2 minutes of your time. You just never know how much it may mean to the other person. It may make their day, week, year, life. Make it better for everyone.
Posted by despicable me on May 4, 2011 at 8:50 AM · Report this
Lissa 53
@52: There you go. Not being despicable again. :)
Posted by Lissa on May 4, 2011 at 9:00 AM · Report this
Hey, Canuck and Lissa, good morning you terrible people! @50 what do you mean by "automatic spellchecking" - is it that as you begin to type it likes to offer you suggestions about what the rest of your search term may be? Google calls those auto-suggestions, and here a Google employee explains how to undo them. No, of course it's not intuitive....
Turning off Auto-Suggestions (also see Reference 1)
1. Clear your browsing history
2. Click the Tools menu
3. Select Options
4. Click the Under the Hood tab and find the ''Privacy section
5. Deselect the 'Use a suggestion service to help complete searches and URLs typed in the address bar' checkbox.
6. Click Close.…

If it's something else I might be able to figure it out still. Though I just switched back to Firefox after a yearlong Chrome experiment (talk about relief!), I do still have it in my apps.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 4, 2011 at 9:17 AM · Report this
Canuck 56
woot, gus, terrible people unite! So, before I told my son to turn auto-correct off his hand-me-down iPhone, he sent me the following text:

"Me and some friends are sodomy at the mall. Call you later!"

Of course, I texted back, "Some friends and I."
Posted by Canuck on May 4, 2011 at 9:32 AM · Report this
rob! 57
@55 essentially confirms that @35 is his new registered identity (one of a number). But I will give credit for attempting a more diplomatic approach.
Posted by rob! on May 4, 2011 at 9:38 AM · Report this
Hahahaha Canuck- glad I'm not the only Grammar Police parent out there!
Posted by DanFan503 on May 4, 2011 at 9:40 AM · Report this
Canuck 59
It's a grim, but rewarding job, DanFan, glad to see you are fighting the good fight... :)
Posted by Canuck on May 4, 2011 at 9:44 AM · Report this
Canuck, too perfectly dry. "Sodomy at the mall" sounds like one of those band names you think up and then decide against.
Posted by gloomy gus on May 4, 2011 at 9:49 AM · Report this
starsandgarters 61
Fuck, there goes my mascara.
Posted by starsandgarters on May 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM · Report this
Lissa 62
@gus: so you didn't like Chrome? Can I ask why?
Posted by Lissa on May 4, 2011 at 10:00 AM · Report this
Irena 63
I love the ad. And I was all weepy, too, until this comment --

It Gets Better should go on your tombstones. Well done, guys!

-- completely cracked me up. I know it was unintentional, but thanks, @26!
Posted by Irena on May 4, 2011 at 10:22 AM · Report this
Lissa, on my Mac desktop and laptop Chrome didn't handle streaming media (Flash video, html5, silverlight, what have you) as reliably as Firefox, and the damn browser was so slow to actually shut down after I closed it that I frankly felt almost insulted, like Chrome was saying yes, yes, you want me to leave but hang on, what's your rush, I'm still collecting your activity details for future sale to some marketing partner we're just sure you'll be happy to meet....

Plus Google is for profit and Firefox is nonprofit. I'm pretty easily had on that front....
Posted by gloomy gus on May 4, 2011 at 10:57 AM · Report this
Canuck 65
Irena @63, my daughter once said to me, "That song 'Brown-eyed Girl' always reminds me of you, we should play it at your funeral!"
Posted by Canuck on May 4, 2011 at 11:38 AM · Report this
Mattini 66
This commercial was the best part of last night's Glee. I kind of can't believe it aired on national TV. Awesome.
Posted by Mattini on May 4, 2011 at 12:28 PM · Report this
Lissa 67
Thanks gus! Something for me to think about.
Posted by Lissa on May 4, 2011 at 1:11 PM · Report this
Irena 68
Canuck, that was so very thoughtful of her! What a nice thing to, er, look forward to...?!

Honestly, this is why I don't have children. It would be an 18-year-long anxiety attack.
Posted by Irena on May 4, 2011 at 9:09 PM · Report this
@35 Ten year old article. Nice try tho. #usedgooglechrometosourceyourbullshit
Posted by kersy on May 6, 2011 at 6:49 PM · Report this

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