Lego Flattr Discussions

A discussion has started about micropayments (but mostly about Flattr) on Google +, so have a look what they think or join the conversation: Why have micropayments not taken off? – by Darren Barefoot.

Many people liked the article from Amanda DeMarco last week and she got several responses. One of them is on TeleRead: Small change: Can voluntary micropayments ever work?

#FlattrFriday just started to take off, and that is another very good way to express your thoughts about Flattr. A bit more about this on our Facebook wall.

Next week you get the possibility to meet Flattr people IRL at several places:  meet Niklas at the Chaos Communication Camp in Germany, Linus at the Sweden Social Web Camp in, well, Sweden, or Marie at the OggCamp in the UK.

Flattr usage is a site where users generate suggestions. Flattr was suggested and also implemented, so if you happen to be a Smoige user, you can have Flattr buttons in all your suggestions. They would like to flattr in every minute instead of once a month, which is a nice approach, but well, the more entries you got, the more possibilities you have to get flattred. In every minute. Look how you can implement the Flattr buttons into Smoige.

On Storybook you can tell your own stories, whatever that would be. The fun bit is that you can get a Flattr button for each of your stories automatically – all you need to do is to enter your Flattr ID in the Settings. Read more about it on Vidde’s site and then go and tell your story!

Music Manumit is a source for Creative Commons music and news, and you can find Music Show, Talk Show and Punk Show there to choose from. And they need your money: Give me money!

Other than English

As mush as Google Translate allows me to understand it, there is a slightly disappointed article on, which talks about Flattr usage in German journalism: Flattr and Co.

An interview with one of our angel (investors), Stephan Glänzer discusses what makes a good Internet idea being successful: “Zuckerberg wanted to see pretty girls” (in German).

If you’re Spanish, we have several surprises for you! First, here is an introduction of Flattr that you can share with your fellow citizens who don’t know Flattr yet. You can find the world famous Flattr video talking in Spanish (thanks to BaxaTV on Youtube!) there as well. Also, hold on tightly, as the Flattr site itself will be available in Spanish, and you only have to wait until next Thursday for that.

Flattr is spreading in Hungary as well, and this week we got several new people participating in the translation project thanks to @atomvillanas, who featured a motivating post on his Posterous site. (Well done, my country!)

We still need your help to localize the Flattr site, and if you’re keen to take part, jump into Crowdin.

Spread the pieces

You can share the Flattr word by nice introduction posts like this, stepping into the 21st century or shouting out loud what you feel about Flattr. A bit more love into this scale? And hey, this is #FlattrFriday, so go and suggest one of your favourites!

3 thoughts on “Weekly Review: Flattr pieces

  1. Hm, I don’t really like the German radio piece – all their negative points of flattr come down to that it’s not widely enough used yet. I don’t think that’s a valid critique of the system. And that people tend to flattr short items more is probably true… but as they mention, that is true for anything else really.

    Under Amanda DeMarco’s article (which is great IMO) are some interesting comments by Chinese micro-donation services it seems. I can’t of course figure out how those work – and how successful they are. But I’m curious. Their comment that it should work more social – with more of a feedback loop from the donator to the content maker, rings true to me.

    Thinking about it in the light of the other good comments there: The system on flatter seems to complicated (considering the easier it is, the more people will get it). Just the stuff with a monthly pie and all this seems to me also unnecessary and cumbersome. It doesn’t reflect how I would actually like to use it – or lets say how my guts tells me it should work: Whenever I click I would give a amount I defined on my flattr setup page. Let’s say I set it to 50 cent, then I give 50 cent each. And it would be great if I could just click quickly 10 times if I love whatever I see – or one time only if its a small cute comment/cartoon/whatever.

    Because also right now I never quite know right away how much money I give. In some month I find nothing good – but then one click gets a lot of the pie. In another month I find lots of good stuff then they get unfairly small pieces.
    The more I think about it the less logical I find the current system.

  2. That commentary on is partly based on the misconception that micropayments are meant to entirely replace other sources of revenue. I guess it has to do with the background of that radio station. As far as I know they are not allowed to make money through advertising etc.
    In any case, if you need to raise people’s awareness about your activities, also critical media response is useful. :-)

  3. @thomas

    Having a specific value for each click is a higher cognitive barrier than one value per month. If each click would be worth 10cents then you’d always have to think about how many clicks you made a specific month or chose if an article was worth 3 or 4 clicks…

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