A few months ago, I ran into Flattr, which is the world’s first micropayment system to aid in showing your appreciation for good content on the internet. It is one of those things that I hope flies and meets a wide range of acceptance because it is a genuine.great.idea. I find it to be an infinitely more appealing alternative than that pesky Paypal donate button that you see all over the place and it is beautifully designed to be mutual.
There are many ways to use Flattr
First, if you use WordPress, you can utilize the Flattr Plugin, as this blog does to automatically place a Flattr button on each post. Also on WordPress, you can use the Flattr Comment Plugin to allow visitors who comment on your blog to insert their own Flattr ID. This allows visitors or the blog owner to Flattr your comment, generating a micropayment based on your comments on blogs..pretty killer.
If your blog or content is not on WordPress, no biggie, Flattr comes with built in integration for WordPress, Tumblr, Posterous, Blogger, GitHub, Slideshare, AddThis, SoundCloud, Bambuser, Dailymotion and 23. If that is not your bag, they offer a wealth of developer tools, button builders and API’s to plant your Flattr buttons anywhere you like. I have placed Flattr buttons at the bottom of my Squidoo pages, so it will work anywhere.
Flattr also offers a Chrome extension so you can literally Flattr anything you come across, a great tweet, a website or anything that does not have a Flattr button yet! I keep reading that Flattr is working on a full on Twitter integration. Can’t wait!
If you are ready to give Flattr a shot, visit them, learn more and join!
Be sure to enter your shiny new (or existing) Flattr ID anytime you leave a comment on this blog.