Today’s the day: Flattr 2.0 launches to the public!

We’re incredibly pleased to announce that after a lot of hard work, Flattr 2.0 launches publicly today.

The product we’re releasing today was what we imagined, and hoped, Flattr would be when the original idea was born some years ago: an automatic, effortless way for creators to make money from their online content, and for fans to give back to the creators they love: something that we truly believe has the potential to change the way the internet works, by making it more open and profitable for all.

With the new browser extension, privacy-friendly algorithm, and subscription-based flattring — it’s never been easier to support content, and get your content supported.

If you’ve used Flattr before and are already familiar to how it works, then this post will take you through the changes this launch brings, but if you’re new to Flattr then keep on reading…

 

So, what the F is Flattr?

We believe in a better internet, and we believe in supporting the people who make the internet great. We think direct contributions are the way forward, with the Swedish idea of “many small streams form a large river” guiding our philosophy.

For creators, Flattr is a hassle-free way to earn money for what you create. The effortless nature of Flattr allows you to spend more time creating and less time worrying about tiers or making extra stuff for higher level supporters.  With Flattr, your audience rewards you every time they visit your site. Find out more about getting started as a creator on Flattr here.

For contributors, Flattr is an easy way to support bloggers, vloggers, artists, photographers, craftspeople, tutors, or any online creator, that you love. Your contribution is automatically shared between the things you pay attention to – you don’t need to worry about individual subscriptions to each site or creator. Find out more about becoming a contributor here.

 

How does Flattr work?

Flattr is designed to be hands-off and effortless.

Creators:

  • Simply link your content to Flattr, be it on a website or social account. This allows your work to be flattred.
  • Spread the word to fans – they have to have Flattr installed to contribute. The more people who have Flattr installed, the better results you’ll see!
  • That’s it – no pressure, no tiers, no timetables.

Contributors:

  • Install the desktop extension and set your subscription. This subscription renews every 30 days.
  • Use the internet as you normally would.
  • Flattr’s privacy-friendly algorithm measures your attention on sites in various ways and generates flattrs for the content you’ve been enjoying.
  • At the end of the 30-day cycle, the amount is automatically distributed to the creators that received flattrs.

So go on, try it out and be part of the mission towards a sustainable funded free and open internet! It’s easy to get started, and we’re here to answer any questions you have.
Get started here.

Happy flattring!

 

P.S. Tonight we celebrate the launch in Berlin, where we’ll bring together some of the cities finest creators. Want to join us? We have a few spots on our guestlist left.

19 thoughts on “Today’s the day: Flattr 2.0 launches to the public!

  1. Hi! I have a question about Flattr accounts for individual creators:

    For most of the stuff that I create and would like to see flattred, I use a pseudonym. Of course, to process payment, I have to tell Flattr my real name. Which is fine, but I don’t want this connection to become visible to the internet at large. What exactly is the status of the name (on top of birth date) that I write down when creating the account? Will it ever be publicly visible?

    Thanks!

  2. Why does the Flattr extension suddenly require access to full browsing history?

    Why can youtube videos be no longer flattred?

  3. Congratulations and all of the best luck! :)

    I suggest you add an FAQ point “What is the difference to other services like Kickstarter or Patreon?”

  4. Why don’t you show the different subscription options on your website?!? This trend of asking to subscribe to give pricing information is so lame and reflects a lack of tranparency!

  5. Kamil, it’s used for a new onboarding prompt for non-enabled omain. If you visit the same domain multiple times, Flattr will see that in your browser history and prompt you to turn on Flattr for the domain. You’ll find a screenshot here. The current version of the extension don’t read your browser history for any other purpose. (This may change in the future, of course.)

  6. Kamil. The second iteration of the algorithm now use your visits to generate flattrs to sites too. This to make the automatic flattring even better. There will be a blogpost about this soon. We never get your history, it’s just used by the extension.

    About Youtube, it was an unfortunate bug that slipped in, it’s being addressed right now.

  7. The the Flattr extension doesn’t seem to work, at all. Just shows an icon on the toolbar, but it does not seem to translate into any flattrs. Firefox 56 beta here.

    And why isn’t it on AMO? I also can’t way to install it (or check for an updated version) when logged into the Flattr website.

  8. After clicking Withdraw in the menu I get the notice “You are entitled (but not obliged) to blacken certain information on your ID and/or passport scan before uploading the scan. This includes the serial number and the access number.”

    I blackened these numbers on the second page of my german personal id card and now got a message “Document is unreadable, e.g fuzzy or blurry, or the MRZ band (The machine readable part at the bottom of a passport) is not complete, must be perfectly readable. ” Sending scans of personal id cards to private entities is illegal in Germany (§ 14 PAuswG) and I’m not sure that applicable exceptions (§ 8 Abs. 2 S. 2 GwG) cover institutions like MangoPay. This seems to me like a fishy practice, to say the least. And the fact that MangoPay sits in Luxemburg also doesn’t help to inspire confidence.

  9. > And why isn’t it on AMO?

    I don’t know, but I assume they’ll upload it there once they’ve received more test data from early adopters. AMO is a free way to market the Flattr service and the extension so I’m sure it will show up there eventually.

    > I also can’t way to install it (or check for an updated version) when logged into the Flattr website.

    If you login to Flattr.com and don’t have the extension installed, it will show an install link on supported browsers. If you really want to download it manually, you can find an up-to-date download link included in this file.

    Firefox automatically checks for updates once a day (or you can set it to check more often), or you can open the Add-ons page, click the Gear icon, and choose Check for Updates to do it manually.

  10. I was able to add my personal GitHub account, but can’t add individual repos that I am administrator of. For example, my personal github.com/JohnAD works. But I can’t seem to attach my company/organization at github.com/PurpleSquirrelGames; I suspect because there is no direct login for that. Any plan for allowing organizations?

  11. Thomas. Sorry for the slow response! Any questions around your specific account has to be answered via flattr.com/contact but drop us a message and we can check specifically what is wrong.

    When it comes to KYC the full info can be found here https://flattr.com/help/accountverification And yes, the exception you mention covers this kind of situation. Mangopay as a regulated financial institution is therefore not only allowed, but required to store this information for a period of time defined by the legislators themselves

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