Annewil Neervens

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The Greenness of Blackle September 12, 2008

Filed under: Blog,New Media,Opinion,Personal — Annewil Neervens @ 20:53 p09

I was introduced to Blackle today. I had never heard of it before (which made me feel a little bit clueless), but it’s a search engine that apparently saves energy because the screen is almost entirely black. And black pixel screens need less energy to load than white pixel screens. EcoIron even posted a blog last year on how this ‘Black Google’ would save 750 megawatt-hours a year.

Although it is powered by Google Custom Search, it is not owned by Google. So it doesn’t have a lot of Google’s features – like the ‘in cache’ or ‘similar pages’ options. Also, a random Blackle search doesn’t find as much links as a Google search normally would. Still, I think it’s a good effort to making the world a little more environmentally conscious and wasting a little less. So I guess that Blackle is actually really Green. 🙂

For those interested, there’s also a Wikipedia entry on Blackle and a Dutch Blackle version.


4 Responses to “The Greenness of Blackle”

  1. Arno Says:

    Same thoughts. I made an entry on my website too. Will there be a Google Maps in black? Only new York, Amsterdam, Utrecht and Stanford by night…

  2. imke Says:

    Why is the Dutch blackle so ugly compared to the US blackle?

  3. John Says:

    The problem with Blackle and heap media is that they are quietly making a packet off everyones goodwill via their adsense earnings.

    These guys at offer the same black search but the difference is all adsense funds go to charity.
    Now that’s a real difference.

    Check them out at

    I think it would be great if you reviewed Givle, they are really onto something here.

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