If you haven’t heard of Flattr… Sorry, let me try that again.
Why? Well, that’s what this post is about.
What is Flattr?
Flattr is a platform to “flatter” great content creators with a “flat rate”.
Flattr was founded to help people share money, not just content. Before Flattr, the only reasonable way to donate has been to use Paypal or other systems to send money to people. The threshold for this is quite high. People would just ignore the option to send donations if it wasn’t for a really important cause. Sending just a small sum has always been a pain in the ass. Who would ever even login to a payment system just to donate €0.01? And €10 was just too high for just one blog entry we liked…
Flattr is basically a way to pay whatever you can afford to bloggers and content creators you like without needing to go through a paypal transaction every time. You pay a monthly fee–whatever you want–and this monthly fee gets divided by however many flattr clicks you give in the month.
How Flattr works
See that new button at the bottom of my posts? Yeah, that’s a Flattr button. If you get a Flattr account (and I hope you do, wink wink), you can click on the button and give this post a part of your monthly pie (or cake–I like cake better).
If you’re a content creator, you can do both: put content out and flattr the content you enjoy. It’s really that easy.
Why you should Flattr people
You know how you sometimes give random gifts to friends or buy them dinner or a coffee? To me, Flattr feels a bit like that. The Oatmeal has a button that says “Buy me a coffee”.
Readership and comments are awesome, and I’m pretty sure that most bloggers don’t do this for money (although some do), but it’s always nice to get small tokens of appreciation like this.
I doubt anyone’s going to make a living off Flattr, but it’s another way to show your appreciation for the hard work bloggers and content creators do every day for your information or entertainment.
So get yourself an accounting and start Flattring!