Flattr – Social Micropayments

Ys, it’s anothr of those things which suffr from a shortag of th fifth lttr of th alphabt.

But seriously, Flattr is an interesting concept. It’s a way for people to give small financial awards to things they like on the internet. This isn’t for proper donations, where you might give someone £10 or so (other currencies are available), for a bit of software, or to support a site you like. This is for smaller amounts. The idea is that you decide how much money you want to hand over each month, and add that to an account at Flattr. Then, so long as you’re logged in, when you see the Flattr button on a page, you can click it to make a donation. The trick is that at the end of each month, your total amount of money is split between all the sites you’ve Flattred. Or is that Flattrd? What is this thing about leaving out the letter e, anyway? Sorry, I’m digressing again. So if you decide that you want to donate a total of €5[1] each month, and you click the Flattr button on ten sites, then the owner of each site would get €0.5 from you.

I’d seen the button on a few sites, and I’ll be clicking it from now on.

Which leads me to the other side of the equation – unless I’ve broken it, or stopped using it at some point between the time I’m writing this and the time you happen to read it, you should see a little Flattr button on my posts. Who knows – by the end of the year I might have made enough for a sausage roll…

[1] All payments are done in Euros. This is a European-based service. So there.