10 reasons to be interested in Flattr (social micro payments)
Flattr is a great service to support things you like and consume on the internet. In my case it would be a great deal of YouTube videos if the people uploading them had Flattr, but in practice it’s more articles, from Techdirt, Torrentfreak, OMG!Ubuntu! or Falkvinge &co. on Infopolicy, or Podcasts that get my flattrly love.
Flattr itself is a micro payment (or as I prefer to say, donation) service. You pick your flat-rate each month, and go nuts with it! You can support any number of things each month and not worry that you’ll spend too much money, anywhere between €2-100 each month.
- Flattr every single song uploaded on Soundcloud, everything on Github, and all tweets on Twitter! There are other examples like these for lesser known sites like: GoGoYoKo, Libre.fm, among others.
- Find out how much money you’ve earned or have left to spend, in your own currency.
- Choose to share your Flattr activities with everyone on Facebook in your timeline, in this way you make it easier for your friends to find out what you like to support.
- Discover music or videos, that you can play right there on Flattr.com and if you want to you can support them.
- Thank all of your supporters each month via a personal e-mail.
- Support a bunch of Charities and Non-profit.
- Subscribe to things you like a little extra for longterm support. Maybe it’s an app you use all the time, or a service? For me it’d be something like a ticket app on my phone, and DuckDuckGo on the web.
- Earn money to spend on Flattr by shoping, either via the browser extension aFlattr or Socialvest!
- Auto-flattr listened to podcasts via the iPhone app Instacast, or decide to after you’ve listened to it. (Personally waiting for similar support on Android, hopefully in Beyondpod)
- Support Wikipedia by flattring any and all articles on there. Account is curated by Flattr, and the money is given to Wikipedia via PayPal, or similar.
Now remember, these things are just the tip of the iceberg of Flattr related awesomeness. If you feel I missed something super important, it happens, feel free to leave a comment. If you got any questions, same goes there!