Five Twitter users who never claimed their money

Sometime in Spring we added a way to flattr any Twitter account just to make it easy to show your support to those who haven’t joined us yet. It’s turned out more successful than we hoped with an interesting side effect – the unclaimed accounts.

These are Twitter accounts that have been flattred but who’s owners never claimed their Flattr account and thus collected the donations. 3 out of the 5 top flattred unclaimed accounts are open/crowdsourced projects and you’ll find more when you go down the list, sites like Wikileaks, WordPress, Statusnet, Wikimedia, Inkspace etc.

Randall Munroe aka @xkcd – 273 unclaimed flattrs

Mr. Munroe’s well known for his oddball xkcd comic that’s about “romance, sarcasm, math, and language“. The weird thing – he doesn’t even tweet yet has almost 8000 followers, all hoping that one day he breaks the radio silence. Meanwhile he does his thing and posts new strip three times a week. Let’s see how many flattrs it takes to break him and claim his Flattr account. Flattr @xkcd

@Wikipedia – 135 flattrs

Wikipedia doesn’t really need an introduction, the world’s largest online encyclopedia (19.7 million articles in 282 languages) is so well known and widely used that it’s hard to imagine someone connected to the internet who hasn’t read at least one article there. Wikipedia is also on top of my list of websites that I wish had a Flattr button on every single page. Flattr @wikipedia

@openstreetmap – 100 flattrs

OpenStreetMap is a free map of the whole world that anyone can edit and make better, Wikipedia of the map world, so to say. It’s a great crowdsourcing project and super easy to use too – I just corrected my house number and postal code in 1 minute. Flattr @openstreetmap

@denis2342 – 48 flattrs

You’ll need to speak some German to really follow Denis, he does throw in the occasional tweet in English like “how can I generate a ONE BitPerPixel Bitmap from a NSImage?“. Other than that, we’ll need to tap into our secret agents in the German scene to dig up more about him. Can anyone shed some light on this man? Flattr @denis2342

Update: As duckula says in the comments then denis is part of the mobile macs podcast with Tim Pritlove.

@firefox – 48 flattrs

40% of visitors use Firefox making it the most popular web browser for our users. In this light it’s actually surprising that they don’t rule this little chart. Firefox was the browser that restarted the browser wars and a good thing that it did. With close to 600 thousand followers on Twitter it’s the most popular user who hasn’t claimed their account yet. Flattr @firefox

Check out the rest of the list of unclaimed Twitter accounts that have been flattred.

“But how much money have they made with Flattr?” I hear some asking. Well, I could find out because we can take a look into our databases, but that would ruin all the fun (plus we’re serious about our users privacy). I’m sure it’s enough, considering that they’re not even trying.

How does flattring Twitter accounts work?

Maybe you appreciate the dry humor of @Queen_UK? Perhaps it’s the tiny recipes of Maureen Evans @cookbook that keep you well fed? Or is it @knowyourmeme that informs you about the latest viral videos and funny sites on the internet?

Whoever your favorite Twitter users are, show your support by Flattring them. Head over to our catalog page and look for the “Flattr a Twitter user” panel on the sidebar.

23 thoughts on “Five Twitter users who never claimed their money

  1. I’ve also been wondering about xkcd… Randall should have heard about flattr by now, and you’d think he would be interested in something like this. Have you tried contacting him?

  2. You could even increase the number of pending flattrs (and thus the temptation for their owners to sign up) by letting us flattr each unclaimed Twitter account more than once.

  3. Christoph:
    Well we couldn’t really. Since it’s as you say a pending flattr, and you can only flattr things once.

    We want the button to state the true account of flattrs, that’s why unfunded clicks aren’t even showing. We don’t want there to be any surprises when the people sign up.

  4. @Marie: Not sure if I understand the problem. I thought of multiple clicks in subsequent months, which is possible for “normal” things. So the total number would really reflect how much users appreciate the content. If a great thing is around for a long time or a creator is constantly very active, it would attract more flattrs.
    Once the user claims his/her flattrs, the number of flattrs I gave determines the percentage of the funding received. (Unless I have flattred nobody else, in which case it would always be 100%.)
    Of course, you could also use every flattr beyond the first one to add one month to a “pending subscription”, so that once the thing is claimed the subscription starts running.
    Anyway, just an idea. Didn’t mean to complicate things. ;-)

  5. Christoph, thanks for the ideas, interesting to hear how our users would like the feature to work.

    The way it’s set up today makes it impossible to flattr the same unclaimed account several times but you’ve given us some ideas how to perhaps improve it.

    And you’re spot on saying that this would make it possible to put more positive pressure on the Twitter authors to sign up here, I like that :)

  6. I just scrolled through the list. There are some more twitter-accounts of people, who use flattr already:
    @netzpolitik (

    P.S.: @raumzeit is also from Tim Pritlove

  7. Randall Munroe has stated several times that he does not want to subscribe to service like Flattr because it would be understood as an endorsement.

    He created a bitcoin wallet and gave a bitcoin address to accept donation but he had to stop that because he was used as a promotional agent for Bitcoin “Look, even Randall Munroe accepts Bitcoin”.

    That’s not something he wants and I understand him. It’s probably the same with Flattr (probably even worse because Flattr is a private company).

    Would you gave up your neutrality and becomes a corporate whore for 273 Flattr (something between 50 and 100€)?

  8. Yeah, it’s exactely like that Ploum and we know that. But it’s not really our place to say.

    Profiling the people or organizations behind the names in the unclaimed just felt natural. Partly to give them a view of why, and our users a chance to see what’s going on there.

    Even if xkcd isn’t the one that will be claimed any time soon, maybe some of the others are. Here’s to hoping!

  9. Interesting, and, I believe that we can flattr something once a month? It wouldn’t make sense to be allowed to flattr something more than once, it would inflate the counters of a certain specific profiles while resulting in significantly less money per click.

  10. It’s very interesting that this Twitter accounts has so lot of Flattrs but they don’t use them – probably, they have so big incomes that there is no point for doing that.

    Anyway, Flattr could probably publish some statistic showing that how many of invited Twitter users had also registered to

  11. Personally, I wish more webcomics would throw in with Flattr. I want to support a lot of artists, but I don’t have a lot of money to purchase their books, assuming they have books available for purchase.

    I can understand Randall Monroe’s desire for neutrality. But how neutral can a human being get? His regular use of Google search results in his strips doesn’t make him a whore to Google, or a leech on Google’s bottom line. He uses someone else’s technology, a practice openly encouraged by the Google corporation.

    Similarly, he explicitly backed a candidate in the 2008 U.S. presidential election, and used another candidate, one that was/is popular among his readership, for comedic fodder. That doesn’t make him a whore, though. That’s his right as an American citizen.

    I still love his comic, and I still wish him success. I’m flattring him today, even if he doesn’t accept. And as long as he’s willing to bite the hand that feeds him when it slaps, he doesn’t need to worry about looking like he’s whoring himself out.

  12. DaveO – there’s one thing you can do about your favorite web comic authors join Flattr – email them, tweet them, leave them a comment. They might not be aware of the system, or they might think that their readers don’t have a desire to show appreciation that way. We’re glad to help so point out your favorite authors and we’ll put some public pressure on them :)

  13. someone needs to explain to Randall, that flattr needs to grow to an economy of scale.
    when that happens, everyone on the internet that’s been producing content for free, can now get paid for producing that content.
    He doesn’t recognize the larger picture here.
    as most here probably do not either.
    can you imagine this for a second.
    a you tube video, one of those fluke video’s , but with a flattr button, and it gets 1,000,000 hits.
    as it stands now, the only person to make money off that is Google, because they own youtube.
    nothing goes to the creator.
    flattr will disrupt that relationship between creator and Google, because now the creator, can potentially get flattred 10,000 times.
    Google wins too, because their youtube content will improve, as more and more creators, get money to re-invest in their next you-tube project.
    use your imagination just a little more for me.
    i only use youtube as an example, but this one example, can be applied to ALL and any online content.

  14. This all sounds great but you end your story disappointingly with:

    Head over to our catalog page and look for the “Flattr a Twitter user” panel on the sidebar.

    Is that your concept of user-friendly Unix texting? I suggest you reread the IETF standard RFCs for the URL and the HTML 2.0 and you will soon realize that the WWW was not intented as a blind-to-the-blind-supremacist “look for” or that language minimally must provide featurites like a ? Why dont you rather just suggest to send a$username?(number=5&unit=(euros|dollars|zloty|yuan|partsofthismonthsbudget)&)?(for=($reason|(tweet|status)/$number))? I dont consider myself near braindead but I fail to flattr twitter accounts hitherto following your instruction. And last and least inviting you to teach me prata svenska let me tell you that your who’s is an incorrect spelling of the genitive relative pronoun whose! We dont need to insult the Wildean and Shakespearean angel tongue after all.

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