Weekly Review: Likes with balls

BallRight after the Weekly Review was published last week an interesting title appeared in my field of vision: If content is king, why are content creators slaves? I knew at that point that this post will be mentioned in the next review, and look, I even borrowed the title from it! It discusses the state of bloggers who don’t (necessarily) get paid, and that Flattr can be a suitable solution for this problem.

Paywall

Very close to this topic and our “heart” is the paywall question. Techdirt reports about another paywall experiment in the US, but actually outside the US: Disappointing: The Onion Tests A Paywall. You can join the conversation whether ‘giving more reason to buy’ or forcing people to pay is the better solution. There are a few critical voices there about Flattr, but it seems Mark Masnick is satisfied.

As it appeared on Facebook earlier, we’re hoping that more newspapers discover that Flattr can be an alternative instead of a paywall. Share your ideas which newspapers you think could benefit from Flattr, or even, which one you would flattr?

FF…Flattr

If you missed it earlier, you’re still not too late to go to (or at least know about) these camps where you can meet us. Alternatively, you can look at this fab image of the Malmö Flattr team, having their fika. (I think it won’t be funny for anyone but for Hungarians, where fika means bogey.)

You must know already that the first 1000 Swedish Bredbandsbolaget (part of Telenor) users who sign up to Flattr through them will get their new account loaded with 3 x € 5, and this is how they’re notified : “Now we give you flattr – a new way to say thanks!

I found this FollowFriday ranking recently, and it turns out that not too many people recommend Flattr to be followed (except that peak at the end of July, that’s crazy). I don’t understand it, look at the great little stream we have there!

Local-ity

To satisfy other-than-English needs, here are a few articles about digital coffee (in German) or crowdfunding (in Spanish). If you have found a nice post in your own language, consider sharing that with us in the comments! Oh well, you could even share it if it’s English.

And as a self-advertisement, I would like to mention that I put together a list of all the Hungarian Things on Flattr. The aim is to form a little community of us, where we can feel flattrly connected, and also to show that from almost zero national Flattr content we can quickly come up to a nice pool of things. I’m hoping that after a short while I won’t be able to manage the growing list. Amen.

How is your nation doing on Flattr?

Riots

The British nation is boiling (not from a Flattr perspective), but fortunately the London Flattr office and it’s diligent workers were not affected by the riots. I haven’t even seen a pushed-over bin, like this.

Although, I should’t make jokes about it, so let’s just hope that it will fade away soon with the least possible damage.


The ball image (because of the title, hehe) is from Flickr and was created by baaasti.

2 thoughts on “Weekly Review: Likes with balls

  1. “…the first 1000 Swedish Bredbandsbolaget users […] will get their new account loaded with 3 x € 5…”

    That was 30 June. Are you saying you still have had less than 1000 users register through Bredbandsbolaget? I registered the same day I got the email to make sure that I got the 150 SEK (16,50 €). Though I hardly think I represent the average BBB user since I already knew about Flattr and had been thinking for a while of getting account.

  2. I’m not sure how many users have registered so far – it wasn’t really a ‘call to action’ reminder, I just wanted to show the letter that someone posted. But there may be loaded accounts left still.

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