ctrp361 Flattering the Internets

flattr this!

Berlin, last day of 2010It wouldn’t be the proper start to a new year if there weren’t a podcast featuring Tim Pritlove on citizenreporter.org.  Recording from Berlin on the last night of 2010, Tim and I sit back and dig into the issue of supporting content you appreciate and want to see continue.  More specifically we explain what Flattr is.  This little button that appears more and more throughout the internet and gives people the option to “flattr” content that they enjoy. What is it? How does it work? And why is this a growing service in some parts of the world?

Whether you produce content for the internet, or you enjoy things people are doing on the internet, I highly recommend listening. Plus, I believe Tim is one guest you’ll truly enjoy.

8 thoughts on “ctrp361 Flattering the Internets

    1. Yes… lets see what happens. I mean if the idea works for the “average” user out there and it becomes something they use regularly.

  1. Tim, I dont see the relationshp betweet high flattr counts and the quality of a – whatever – content. Of course, if something gets high counts it must be important for many people, wich is an indicator for (some kind of) quality.

    But I see a lot of great stuff out there, that doesnt get these high counts – just because they dont have the big audience.

    It works just for a small circle of people (at the moment).

    Although, like you I think it’s a great system and everybody should use it.
    I fear a little bit the big success of Flattr, because in this case Facebook will come and eat it.

    1. Agreed: high flattr counts do not say anything about quality but they do say a lot about how much something is really appreciated by somebody. That might be about quality or just about personal preference but it is saying more than a single clicked “me too” button anyway.

      Stuff that is “good” but doesn’t succeed with Flattr right now might be ignored at the moment – there could be many reasons, mostly Flattr not being well-known to too many people. It needs explaining, like everything and this was one of the reasons for this podcast too. Time will tell.

      Facebook might “eat” Flattr, but when this happens, social micropayment has won and will be good for many people. If Flattr will succeed first and survive next is up to Flattr alone. In the end, it’s startup that wants to make money and they have to find the answers to the questions real business brings up. But they also have the advantage of being the first and they can use the time to build up trust. Trust is a strong force on the web and even if Facebook one time will pass on much more money the same way, there might still be room for them to survive.

      Right now all that matters is: Flattr is the service that delivers an idea and delivers on the idea. I say: let’s spread the word as I think it is good for both producers and consumers alike: Producer is happy because he can work on the good stuff, consumer is happy because there is a fair and easy way to make sure, the good stuff he/she likes is alive and kicking.

  2. I was pretty sure they changed so that they only cut their fee when you took money out of the system… *tries to remember*
    Not for the monthly transactions that is.

Comments are closed.