Joachim Breitner

Flattr experiments

Published 2011-06-30 in sections English, Digital World.

A while ago I registered with flattr. I found the idea of encouraging people to give kudos to people who do something on the web easily and meaningfully, by attaching a little bit of money to it. I had planned to use my flattr account only as a kudos-forwarder: All funds that I get by being flattred would be spend on flattering things that I like.

At that time, flattr did not allow me registering my “things” without first uploading money, so I did not use my account. But recently, they changed this policy, so I added a few of my projects to the list of things people can now flattr:

I almost always use the less intrusive text links. I fear that this means that people have to do an extra click before the have flattred the thing, but I still prefer it this way. Also, I do not use the automatic addition of “things” for each blog post, on the one hand because that does not seem to work with text links, and on the other hand because I don’t think that each post is worth to be flattred.

Generally, I avoid such closed-source walled-garden online services. I guess I make an exception this time because it is not a service that I run the risk of becoming dependent on. Flattr makes money per things flattered. It would be nicer if they only charged when people actually withdraw cash from their account, this way, many more people could do forward-only flattering for free, making many other people happy and appreciated, while still eventually making money.

Comments

Or you could ask for bitcoins instead, and worry less about closed gardens and fees!

(No, no one has donated any to me yet for gwern.net. It makes me sad.)
#1 gwern (Homepage) am 2011-06-30
I become only recently aware of bitcoins and have not yet played with them. And even then, someone would have to set up a flattr-clone that implements the same nice logic of collecting clicks and then distributing a fixed amount among these clicks.
#2 Joachim Breitner (Homepage) am 2011-07-01
I also like the idea of flattr, specially because the implementation in general is very easy to understand. But on the other hand I totally disklike the idea of placing those JavaScript snippets on my page as well. It's some kind of those fucking facebook like buttons and I don't want any company to track my visitors, even if they probably wouldn't have a problem with it.

Even if it came late, they also offer a REST API to integrate with flattr almost seamlessly. It's some time ago I checked this out, but at least i was able to place things and generate text links like you mentioned above.
#3 reaper (Homepage) am 2011-07-01
We recently made it possible to automatically add things through text links as well - it's needed by platforms like WordPress.com which for security reasons can't allow users to add javascript to their sites.

See this post on how you can add it: http://flattrchattr.com/2011/06/20/flattr-in-wordpress-com/
#4 Pelle Wessman (Homepage) am 2011-07-01
Thanks, implemented.
#5 Joachim Breitner (Homepage) am 2011-07-04
Hey, great to see you on Flattr. I added you to my listing of Debian contributors using Flattr: http://raphaelhertzog.com/support-debian-contributors/
#6 Raphaël Hertzog (Homepage) am 2011-07-01

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