Care2.com is an online social network for healthy and green living. Users can earn credits, known as Butterfly Rewards, by participating on the site. The credits can be used to make donations to many partner non-profit organizations which promote healthy and green living. Users can read the latest news about healthy living and environmentally friendly individuals, groups and organizations. The site hosts petitions and news about various healthy and green living causes. There are also groups, friends, polls, messages, eCards, and photos. A portion of the profits from eCards sent through the site are donated to various non-profit organizations as well.
The Care2.com site is one of the best destinations on the web for news about healthy and green living topics. In addition, many causes use the site to promote their healthy living or environmentally friendly message. Users can start a petition about a cause they care about, or start a group around it. Users can also find information on food and recipes, health and wellness, the environment, civil and human rights and pets on the site. Users can also donate to causes and find places to volunteer on the site.
Care2.com was founded in 1998 by Randy Paynter, Matt McGlynn and Camilla Eriksson. The site was originally started as eCards.com, a site that donated a portion of its profits to healthy and green living non-profit organizations. The name was changed to Care2.com is 1999. Randy Paynter is now President and CEO, Matt McGlynn is CTO, and Camilla Eriksson is Vice President of eCards. The site has 13 million members and 400 non-profit partners.
Competition to Care2.com comes from sites such as Thegreenguide.com and Greenfootsteps.com. The Greenguide.com is National Geographic's site for promoting a green lifestyle. It is more of an informational site than a social network like Care2.com. Greenfootsteps.com is more similar to Care2.com, having a complete social network for promoting a green and healthy lifestyle. Greenfootsteps.com is newer than Care2.com, and does not have as many members, but is growing rapidly.
The site is quite large, but is responsive and navigation is intuitive. There is a convenient top menu bar provided for navigation. Page loads happen quickly, and the social networking features work well. There is advertising displayed on the site, but it is relatively unobtrusive.
Registration to Care2.com is free and is required to use the social networking features of the site. The green and healthy news and informational sections do not require registration to view. The registration process asks for login ID, password, first and last name, email address, gender, birthdate, zip code and country. Validation of the email address is not required.
No premium membership is offered to the Care2.com site, and registered free users have access to all the features of the site except for sending eCards, for which there is a charge.
The Care2.com site is recommended to anyone desiring information about living a green and/or healthy lifestyle. The site is the largest social network on the web devoted to such topics, and has a wealth of information. It is also a good place to donate to causes that the user cares about, and find places to volunteer that promote green and healthy living.