from the forget-feedback-forms... dept
We’ve been using Flattr on the site for a little over a year now, and I’m planning to do a writeup about our experiences with the service shortly. If you weren’t aware of it, Flattr is a very neat, extremely simple, way of monetarily supporting content that you like. As I noted in my initial writeup of the service, Flattr is very clever in how it gets rid of the traditional “transaction costs” problem of most micropayments system, in that each month you just have a set amount that you’ve already agreed to spend, and each Flattr merely divides up that pie by one more slice.
It’s been interesting to see the service evolve — especially watching as it went from closed beta to open so that anyone can use it. If you haven’t yet signed up, you should at least check it out. But one of the more interesting things in how it has evolved are the unexpected ways in which the service can be used. Take, for example, a fantastic looking conference taking place in Sweden later this month, put on by Media Evolution, called The Conference (which I had wanted to attend, but was unable to make). The conference organizers have set it up so that pretty much everything at the conference is “Flattrable.” Like a speaker? Flattr him/her. Like an entire session? You can Flattr it through the app or directly via QR codes around the event. See someone ask a smart question? Ask to see their badge, and you can Flattr them directly.
As far as I know, this is the first time this has been done like this and, as with any experiment, you never know for sure how it will work out, but I think it’s a pretty cool experiment and I hope that it goes well. I look forward to finding out from the organizers some of what they learn from the experiment.