If your blog post interests me and I want to learn about the product, it should be as easy as clicking your logo to get to it.
Very annoying - For anyone else who gets annoyed with this - Clickable link - http://flattr.com/
That said, I love the idea of this. A nice way to say thanks to people without having to go through paypal hell :D Might also inspire me to write more than "what I did on the weekend" blog posts ;P
(Edit: Found the homepage, read it, still don't know. Tab closed).
I can spend whatever I want monthly, this is just what I actually do.
Therefore I can create a "premium" zone accessible for a smallest fee ever. That would create a need for user to create Flattr account. You pay to see some premium content. Also, you pay the same fee to get premium content on dozens, potentially, hundreds of sites.
Otherwise you're just hoping to sign up users to pay 10EUR(?) monthly as a kind of "permanent monthly donation". Even though it's not a lot of money, but still most people would avoid that: 1. it's a semi-permanent obligation 2. as practice shows - relying on people giving a donation for something available for free is a bad idea. (Let alone MONTHLY donation for same thing)
You need to provide something in exchange for their money. Give us the API to find out that user donated and we'll give him a reason to sign up with Flattr (premium content).
I can't really explain entire concept (as I see it) in a good way, you'll have to "get into it" yourself. You also have to keep in mind what the founders are coming from. I don't think it would be a very good fit for Peter Sunde to push for "paywalling" of the Internet with a subscription network.
Finally, the monthly minimum amount is currently 2€.
However, if I didn't have stuff people could flattr, I doubt I would've joined.
Here is my original comment:
"Well, part of the point is (or will be) that most people on the Internet creates content. Like you just did when you wrote your comment. I guess this will be clearer when the API stuff gets going."
While I do feel pretty unmotivated to explain what I mean, I'm going to give you the benefit of the doubt.
One of the more highlighted features of the Internet is that the line between customer and consumer has been blurred. Today you can create what was previously only known as a TV channels or newspapers in the form of video sharing or blogs. Even when traditional media publishes something, you can follow-up with your own view. Because of this and social media trends, almost every Internet user is also a creator. The upcoming Flattr API will let sites with user created content have their users flattr each other and take part of the revenue of those flattrs.
* split test your font and colour usage. A lot. I'm pretty sure the green/orange combo is going to hurt your conversion rate
* The black box around the YouTube thing is kinda fuzzy. Crisp is good
* The social element seems slightly random. There seems to be too much latitude for it to get spammed. Maybe feature blogs, instead of posts? Or aim to be the flip side to Kickstarter - I've made something (book, blog, album, book of poetry), enjoy it and then pay me
* Share the love - you're focusing on the wrong thing - people aren't going to share stuff they love in large numbers; content creators will share there own stuff. So if you're appealing to the masses, then it needs to be about supporting the stuff you love. If it's geared towards sharing, what's this got that Twitter/Digg/Fb hasn't got for promotional purposes? Split test the messaging
I don't mean to put a downer on it, just trying to pick it apart a little so you can make sure it works as best as possible.
I'm obviously not an English expert, but I don't particularly like this text. Too much "10 years old" words repeated. (i.e. "to do what they like to do")
It's linking to Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and a WordPress theme.
But not to Flattr.com.
Not picking on you in particular - about six people do this every day. Drives me insane.
There are some implementation details which results into calling themselves a 'social payment service'.
Also, it's hoping that people will donate - if nobody cares to donate any money, would this mean the content creator gets zilch?
Flattr on the other hand, can only be used for donations, which means that it has little, if any value.
The owners of flattr also own thepiratebay. I remember hearing a speech a few months ago talking about how everything should be free, just like when we were children (we need to learn to share). They have no regard for the rights of developers and have no problems giving a clear and direct roadmap to a free copy of your commercial application.
If they really believed in sharing, freedom, and rainbows, why does Flattr charge a 10% surcharge on top of every transaction (more than even Paypal). I might use them if they didn't make a profit and only paid for the infrastructure and bandwidth of the service.
It seems most people here don't see them for what they really are: a bunch of greedy fucks.
"why does Flattr charge a 10% surcharge on top of every transaction"
Bandwidth isn't free.
"I might use them if they didn't make a profit"
How do you know they are profitable?
(pirate bay founders create flattr)
Here is the video where he talks about sharing:
"How do you know they are profitable?"
Bandwidth isn't that expensive. With all of the micropayments that will go through their service, they will make a profit.
Nothing. It's when you have also have a service that promotes the sharing of other people's commercial work for free (and say it's because you thing that sharing is for the good of the world). It's hypocritical and the people in this forum don't seem to see a problem with it.
I suppose I will just go with the flow and pirate any user's app I see on here.
Note that you get to pay Paypal's fee too when sending money to Flattr. Best of both worlds. :P
I think that the 10% may be currently justified, but if Flattr takes off, will quickly be hugely excessive. If they don't reduce it to something more reasonable, I would expect to see others try to compete with them on price.