flattr is an experiment to get one of the usual ways of saying “Thank You” into the world of the web. Material gifts – money, to be precise.
The basic principle is easy to understand. If you join flattr you have to give them at least 2€ a month. They take 10% of them to
get rich pay for the service. (I have no problem with them getting rich. 🙂 ) Then you can play two roles in the scheme, consument and producer.
As a consument of digital media you can click on these little flattr buttons:
Each month the money you have put in is divided by the clicks you have made. I tried it yesterday with Boris Nienke’s bnsonic blog – he would have got 1.80€. But today I clicked on Tim Pritlove’s “Not Safe For Work” podcast – and now each of them gets 0.90€. If I click more, I divide further, but I don’t have to increase my payment. The video on flattr compares it with a birthday cake that you bring to school or office.
As a producer of digital content you can place this little button in your content and wait for people to click on it. And of course, hope that they only love you. There is no special registration necessary for becoming a “producer”, if you are a participant you can play both roles.
I expect flattr buttons to come up on a lot of sites – also photo sites like flickr and 23. When I see an image that I really like, why not click on that button?
I want to emphasise that I see this mostly as an experiment. I take a lot of gratification out of your comments, forum activity and “thank you” mails – enough to keep me going. My job is well paid and I really don’t need more money. If there is something coming in on this channel I’ll use it NOT for the show, I’ll spend it just for my pleasure. And of course I’ll report about the success and post an image of the chocolate bar, glass of beer or what else I can get out of this.
Take only part if you are convinced of the concept, not to flatt(e)r me. If you want to do that, just send me a mail, postcard, beer crate… 😉 Make a video for me to play (nachbar, your’s will be on soon, Peter, I havent forgotten your images…..) or blog about Meet the GIMP or drop the link somewhere appropiate. (BTW, we have a Google Pagerank of 6 now, that is really not bad and better than the rest of the Photocast Network and I am getting nice advertisement offers which I turn down all.) Or just watch the show and enjoy, I see the download numbers too. 😉
This project will still be financed by your contributions, there will be a new funding rally for 2011 at the end of this year. The funds for this year are sufficient, the server is covered and part of the new audio equipment I bought and try to get running, too.