Would You Help Out a Stranger on the Internet?

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Sure, the world would be a better place if we just help one another. But would you help out a stranger over the Internet? That's what Mike Carson aimed to find out with his website ask.io

"My goal with this website is simply to do small things for those who are in need of a personal favor," Carson wrote on the site. He said that he was inspired by something Mother Teresa said:

"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love"

Carson wanted to build a great website - something that can change the world - but when he ran into the Mother Teresa quote, he started thinking: maybe it's better to do something small - like doing small favors to those in need - but do it with love. And so, ask.io was born.

Users can ask for small favors - that favor is updated on the front page every week on Monday. Ask.io's first favor is actually from Carson himself:

As you can see, there's a physical address there - it's something that I would normally not put out on the Interweb, but Carson explained why. "I considered not posting the address, but I decided to do it for a few reasons: I wanted to establish a culture of trust on the website since it is about doing good for others, it is my own address (the first favor is for my wife) so I am the one taking the risk, and my address is already available via the whois domain registry information for ask.io," he wrote to us.

Check it out: ask.io - Thanks Mike!

How about you? Would you participate in a "do a stranger a small favor" over the Internet?

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I love this idea! There are plenty of rotten people in this world but there are more decent people, of that I'm sure.

As far as the negative aspects of Mother Teresa's legacy, I think the good she did should continue to be an inspiration.
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