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Friday, January 28, 2011

Another approach to micropayments: Go on, Flattr yourself | The Economist

Flattr functions like a cross between the Facebook "like" button and a flat-rate PayPal, with a bit of StumbleUpon thrown in for good measure.

I just learned about this internet micropayment service on the Economist newspaper's Babbage podcast. It's certainly intriguing in that it seems to address a couple of concerns about the future of content publishing:

1) It allows an easy way for authors/outlets to be paid for content without necessarily establishing a "walled garden" subscription model
2) It allows consumers of content an easy way to access the content they want - for a very low fee - and without the hassle of managing a series of payments that might equal a tenth of a cent

Aside from the obviously attractive connection to the moneymaking scheme in Office Space, this sounds like a pretty good idea. The one thing I can't get over is that the *amount* paid for each piece of content is predicated on a) the amount that each payor puts in their account each month and b) how much content they consume during that month. And that seems to be about as close to "random" as you can get ... not exactly something a content creator could plan or budget around.

Anyway, it's interesting to explore ... let's see if blogger or wordpress like having a "flattr" button plugged in to them!

What do you think - has anyone tried flattr?

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