Flattr me this! ''Give and ye shall receive...''

Posted on Saturday, December 04, 2010 @ 14:57:24 EST in Off Topic/Misc
by montego

I ran into a very interesting new concept the other day.  When my NoScript FireFox plug-in was upgraded, you know how it always takes you to the NoScript website to see the latest news and enhancements?  Well, up in the right-hand corner next to the Paypal donation graphic/link, was something I hadn't see before:  Flattr.  It looks like this:

So, given I trust the NoScript site, I clicked it and checked it out.  It turns out to be quite a unique twist on revenue generation through your own personal generosity.  (While I am not sure the creators of this concept understood the Biblical principle being employed - "give and it shall be given unto you" - it struck that chord with me.) 

Think about it.  How many times do you wish that you could very simply give to a worthy cause, such as your favorite RavenNuke(tm) CMS support site, like Montego Scripts, or several of the other fine ones too (see my partners at the right-hand side of my site <wink>, but not have to mess with logging into PayPal, submitting a donation, etc.  What if you could also simply subscribe too?  If you are like me, you don't really want to "think about it" and would rather have a way to just give-a-little each month, but don't necessarily want the hassle of a PayPal subscription.

If you are like me, you also have many sites, many different products, etc. that you use regularly and just don't think to go back and reward them for their efforts.  Or, you particularly like some article, download, forum post, or just about anything and you thought to yourself "wouldn't it be nice to be able to just click on something, like a 'like' button, and have it count for something for that author?".  Enter Flattr.com.

Read on...

Flattr is an up-and-coming service where you can put money into an account, whether that is each month, or whenever you like, and you can stipulate that you wish to give xx amount each month to the things you appreciate.  Yes, I bolded "things" for a reason.  Authors/webmasters can submit their entire site (like I have) and/or submit individual articles, downloads, posts, etc., each called simply a "thing" and then others can show their appreciation for these things by Flattr'ing them.  The number that shows in the Flattr graphic is the number of clicks that someone has obtained... the number of times their thing has been appreciated.

How does it work?  Simple.  You sign up to have an account with them and deposit funds into what is called a "means" account.  You then decide on how much you wish to give each month from your "means" account to those "things" that you have Flattr'd.  You can either Flattr something once, or you can even subscribe to them for 3, 6 or 12 months, and each of those periods, Flattr will automatically assign them a click from you each of those months.  Your monthly "clicks" are used to divide up your monthly giving into equal amounts.  If you don't click anything on a given month - and no active subscriptions - your giving amount will go to charity for that month.  But, one can guarantee where their funds go by simply subscribing to one thing and Flattr will take care of the rest.

For what I will call an "appreciator", it gives you/me an easy way to give when the moment hits me or on a consistent basis.  As an author of thing(s), if folks are appreciative of my work, it makes it really easy for them to show their appreciation as well.  Once the revenue account reaches 10 Euros, the revenue may be retrieved (similar to how Google's ad revenue works).

Luke 6:38 "Give, and it shall be given unto you..."

By the way, if you liked this article, I have registered it as its own Thing, so Flattr away.  lol

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