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Change.org

Online Petition Sharing Tool


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Published 10/26/2011 and rated Ratingstars4 4 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Change.org was created to give internet users a place to make a stand and push towards a change they feel passionate about. The user can address any issue they like. The application provides users with the tools they need to start an online petition. Users begin by answering three basic questions. The user can return to their petition to add more details later. Petitions can be promoted online through Facebook and Twitter. Change.org also supplies users with a petition widget that can be placed on any website or blog. The user promotes their Change.org petition and draws attention from others who may sign it. The petition becomes a tool to raise awareness of the issue and encourage those responsible to make a change for the better.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Change.org was founded in 2005 by Ben Rattray. The application was intended to provide the average internet user with a way to make a difference in the world. Users could bring the issues they feel strongly about and create a petition. Of course the online petition has not always been the most effective way to get things done, but it does motivate some users who might not know where to begin. Change.org has established a solid following, which is noticed on its busy Facebook page as well as its official website.

What are the differences to other apps?

Change.org takes the traditional petition and gives it a modern makeover. Internet users can build petitions for any issue they want and share them through social networks. This makes it much easier to increase awareness of an issue and garner support from others. Users can read, sign and share the petition in a matter of seconds. A traditional hardcopy petition requires far more footwork and effort to pass around. Although online petitions are not new, Change.org provides a solution that is easy to use.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

Change.org is intended for use by almost anyone, which is obvious in the way the site and application looks. The user interface is very clean and spacious, so the user can quickly navigate and put together a fitting petition. The user decides what content goes on their petition so they can customize it however they see fit. This is vital because Change.org does not restrict its petition use to one issue or area. Users can push for a change in any area thanks to the versatility and simple design of Change.org petitions.

How does the registration process work?

A newcomer can register for a Change.org account by clicking the white “Register” link in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage (inside the teal header). The registration form appears on the next page and asks the user to supply a first and last name, email address and password. The application automatically checks the terms of service agreement box at the bottom of the form so the user only has to click the “Join” button below it. A blue Facebook button is available to the right for users who prefer to sign up with their social networking account. After submitting the traditional form, the user is advised that they must check their email address for a registration message before accessing their new account.

What does it cost to use the application?

All users can create Change.org accounts for free. There are no subscription fees, which is a good way to encourage more individuals to become active and try making a difference. The site does not require any purchases to maintain an account, however it does offer some paid services. Users can connect to donors and supporters through some of the site’s partners. Users can click the “Paid Services” link at the bottom of the homepage to access a request form. Change.org will contact the user to discuss available paid services.

Who would you recommend the application to?

Change.org is a great resource for anyone who feels passionately about a topic or issue. The user can create a petition and share their concerns with others, who can show their support by signing the petition. The application also makes it easy for users with large social networks and blogs or websites with followings to get the petition in front of more people in their online social circles.

  • Users can register and log in with a Facebook account
  • Petitions can be started by answering three simple questions
  • Additional information and detail can be added to petitions
  • Users can pass petitions around using Facebook and Twitter
  • A widget is available to embed petitions on websites and blogs


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