Weekly Review: The Flattr effect

Chrome icon in Flattr colorsCultural shift

Let’s start with Linus, who was interviewed by 2010LAB. Here you can hear about the present and future of crowd funding and micro-payment platforms, featuring Tim Pritlove: Small contributions, big effects.

Yesterday Mark Fonseca Rendeiro held a presentation about Flattr, starting a cultural shift in terms of online donations and support. Hoping that we will find more about this event later on: Flattr and the Push to Change Funding Culture Online.

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Every now an then a uniqe post turns up which actually rejoices Flattr. Now it’s from Christoph Amthor, who discusses why Flattr is uniqe in his article, called Give More Without Having Less.

It’s also interesting to see how people find (and start to use) Flattr. Open Source Projects and Flattr are a good fit:  A New Site Called Flattr.

Talking about open source, have a look what Per developed to make Chrome (and Flattr) even better. This extension allows you to
easily see if the site/page you’re on is available for flattry: Open Source Day Flattr Chrome Extension. Download it from Github.

Hungry Hungary

Forgive me, but I’m clearly partial to Hungary, and since I’m very proud of my country at the moment, here I share some news from this active week.

I already mentioned that I started flattrforhungary to ‘promote’ Flattr at (my) home. I instantly got a great amount of response; loads of comments, many questions, interview requests, great articles and posts about Flattr, and more importantly, new Flattr users! One of the most famous news sites featured an article about us, and we appeared on Social Piknik thanks to @_Phelan_.

Besides linking articles that most of you don’t understand here, it’s a great example to show that people are interested in Flattr and keen to give, even in countries renowned for being miserable and mean. Umm, we’re not!

Being local

We have several other communities (countries) being very active in the Flattr world (looking at you, Germany) and I’m planning to focus a bit more on local news as well from now on. I don’t think we only need to encourage English content, being colorful can help to make more people happy. Like this one.

Would be interesting to see how many nations are reading our reviews. Share your country in the comments!

3 thoughts on “Weekly Review: The Flattr effect

  1. It makes sense from a marketing point of view to promote more in countries that already pick up the idea – but I find the German domination on flattr a problem. I am German, but live in the Netherlands, and serve mainly English speaking content. It feels to me that other languages are going under in the flood of German content that gets more attention.
    And the Netherlands seem to pick it up slowly at the most. I’ve put a flattr-button at a gallery window in the center of Amsterdam – and I did get only few hits. I did notice some other blogs also adding buttons, so maybe it will spread now more.

    I am of course not pushing out big amazing content – so it is hard for me to say how much one would expect. But I can see how others would be discouraged simply by looking at the flattr page, and seeing only German contributions. Maybe a better split of the languages on the site would already help to be able to better judge your own market/language segment. … if that makes sense to you?

    Kinda funny though that “my people” seem to love the idea as much as I do. So I’m definitely happy that flatter is so successful in Germany.

  2. Talking about Germany: We at youdaz.com still present the “German Flattr Charts” each month. We list the 25 most flattred things of the month and comment it a bit. Maybe this topic could also be interesting for flattrchattr.
    @Thomas: Misschien moet je het opnieuw doen voor Nederland?

  3. I think that if flattr supported other languages it would really help to spread the idea across other countries. I would relay like to use it on my blog, but i wont use it unless the whole process – button, registration etc – is in Portuguese.

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