No, unfortunately TED hasn’t joined Flattr yet. And actually we’re not out of ideas, we found loads of them which are worth spreading. Prepare yourself, for this week we have longer articles for you, but they’re all well worth reading. First in the line is from Bakor, our intern, who has some advice in terms of web presence: My Two Cents Worth for Artist On The Web
The next article won my heart for this week. Amanda DeMarco was already featured in our Review with her article about a flattry Internet Utopia, and now she’s discussing micropayments in a very clever and neutral way: Are Voluntary Micropayments a Solution for Digital Content?
You can kind of answer that here, but maybe it’s not fair to send enthusiastic Flattr users into this survey, so I’ll just highlight the fact that it exists: How Much Would You Pay to Read an Article Online? I’m missing an option between 50 cents and Nothing; I believe that is a big part of Flattr transactions (even thought we are talking about dollars here).
Not everyone welcomes the idea of Flattr, and however it’s painful to see, if you dare to look, read this post from gagagadget : Flattr: Flat Rate Flattery
I also found a comment thread about Flattr where people are rather sceptical, however there are many misunderstandings there which may lead to most of their frustration: Flattr, The best thing since sliced bread on Polycount Forum
To be (free) or not to be (free)
Searching for ‘micropayments’ now you’re most likely to get something about ITV to launch TV Micropayment System in January. It’s good to see this method spreading, and here are few of the positive reactions within the industry: Are consumers ready for micropayments? Some have different opinion about it, and after you’ve read both of them, we would be interested in yours!
I’ve been keeping an eye on Techdirt for a while now, and one of their recent articles discusses a very similar topic (as it usually does…) to the above. It highlights Felix Stalders writing about ‘Producing culture in a weak intellectual property environment’, with a conclusion that…oh wait, I won’t ruin it for you: Getting Past The Myth That Copyright Is Needed To Produce Content
We’re living our (mostly) online life, thinking about micropayments and we only read about people who are fighting for their survival (and others who are trying to help them). The nutritional crisis is worsening in Somalia and several charities are there to help. Doctors Without Borders operates in the area and is “treating more than 10,000 severely malnourished children in its feeding centers and clinics”. Now you can show that micropayments are actually working by flattring Doctors Without Borders. The Red Cross is also maintaining a long-term support there, and you can flattr this charity as well.
By the way, what would you do if your favourite charity is not on Flattr yet?
And some good news
Kickstarter has reached their 10.000th successful project and they’ve shared some statistics about the last few months. Congrats to those guys!
Ok, it’s now your turn to share (pointing to those little icons under this post).
Image is from Flickr created by Markus Nielsen