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 flattr.com 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.