I’ve had a chance to think a bit more about Flattr, and what kind of impact it can have on the ‘net.
(My first post about Flattr, for those that missed it: http://b.tc.dk/2010/05/flattr/)
First of all, and this may seem kind of strange, I’m a bit scared of the negative impact that this can have on the kind of content we’ll see on the net.
Consider this: If you read an article on the net, what will make you click the Flattr button?
I got a mail this morning, with a registration code for a closed beta, to something called… Flattr.
I was very close, to throwing it in the spam bin – luckily my brain connected the name to something before I did that, and I took a closer look. Flattr is a “social micropayment platform”. Meh, well, everything bloody social, but anyway, it’s supposed to work like this:
1. If you have something of value on the net, you put a “flattr” button in it.
2. If somebody read/watch your content and like it they will click that button.
3. At the end of the month you’ll get a share of that person’s Flattr money for that month.