+1! ™ – a rosy financial future for the Apache Software Foundation

Google recently announced their +1 button, which will without a doubt make the Internet a better place. What’s not to like +1?

As everybody knows the +1 concept has been invented at the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) – and it seems like there’s event an ASF patent pending on it. (Update: see also here, via @jaaronfarr). Our voting process makes extensive use of this simple and very effective concept.

If you do your math the bandwidth (and thus power, greenhouse gas, etc.) saved by using +1 instead of I agree in all our emails does make a difference for the planet – it’s not just a fun gimmick.

In recognition of this invention, usually well informed sources tell us, Google is going to donate 3.141592654 cents (yeah that’s Pi – they’re Google, you know) to the ASF every time someone uses their +1 button, starting today!

That’s excellent news for the ASF – as with any volunteer organizations, more funds mean more action, more power and more fun! I haven’t yet been able to estimate how much money those N*Pi +1 clicks represent in a year, but that’s certainly in the pile of money range.

A small downside is that we’ll need to use +1(tm), with the trademark sign, from now on. That’s a small price to pay for what looks like a rosy financial future for the ASF.

Very impressive move. thanks Google! The Open Source world should mark today’s very special date with a white stone, as we say in French.


7 Responses to +1! ™ – a rosy financial future for the Apache Software Foundation

  1. Ross Gardler says:

    I look forward to this time next year when I’m sure the case will be ready against the “like” button. It’s clearly a copy of the ASF 1 and now the patent is out of the bag it may as well be used.

  2. uweschaefer says:

    sometimes, one wishes there was no april-fool´s day…

  3. Jeff MAURY says:

    Very nice post.
    Just a simple remark: in the Google way of thinking, 3.141592654 is not Pi !!!

  4. Jörg says:


  5. niq says:

    Small correction: It’s not N*Pi, it’s Pi*N.

    This is pin money for us!

  6. bdelacretaz says:

    @Jeff whether the amount will be exactly Pi or my approximate value is still up for discussion. Our respective accountants, or rather the software that they use, doesn’t seem to like Pi too much. If it was my decision, I’d just go with Pi and round out to the nearest picocent at the end of the year.

  7. Mike Pfaff says:

    1.4. ;)

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