We are currently updating the Flattr system. The most important change is a feature that lets you flattr people who haven’t signed up to Flattr yet. Here is the inside scoop, please read and digest while we are busy doing our magic with the servers.
During the year Flattr has been live we have come to an important conclusion. The hard part with Flattr is not to find people that want to support web content they love, it is getting people to understand that other people want to pay for what they have created. So the next challenge with Flattr is to create a system that enables people to flattr virtually anyone and that shows creators what Flattr could do for them. Oh, and it needs to be safe, non-spammy and scale really well :)
What we have done
Today we go live with our first experimental solution to see if this can be done. Finding an email address for a creator you love is not always easy, unlike finding out someone’s Twitter alias. So we’ve created a feature that lets any Flattr user store a pending flattr to any Twitter user. If the person on the receiving end finally joins Flattr, all the pending flattrs will turn into real ones immediately.
Please handle with care
This is our first attempt to help you support to the people you love, and it may not be perfect, so please use it carefully and bear with us. There’s a fine line between showing support and spamming a creator, and crossing it makes both your support and us look bad.
How to use it
Enter a Twitter name in the new box you find on your dashboard or flattr a thing in the brand new unclaimed category. This will store a pending flattr. You can tweet the user you’ve flattred, so they know there is flattrs waiting for them. When they join the pending flattr will turn into a real one. That means that as long as they don’t join flattr, no money is involved. Neat, right?
Over and out, awesome!