Already from the visual appearance of this model you’ll notice that Flattr tries to work in different way. Lots of us are enjoying all the free content brought to us by all the individual online publishers. Sometimes you would feel the urge to support these people. To do so you could make use of donate buttons, but still this process takes some effort. That’s where Flattr comes in with their structured approach to micro-donations. As a Flattr client you set your own monthly subscription fee. Then, while browsing/consuming online content, you are able to select your favorite publications. You can ‘flattr’ any type of content. At the end of the month your subscription fee will be distributed over all the people that you tagged (flattred) during that period. Initially Flattr.com will take a 10% commission but they are working hard to bring this number down.
Just like Hollr and Oronjo, this service is looking for a way to help people create their own micro-revenue model. If executed well this system could even replace the outdated business model of ancient royalty and copyright organizations. Without the need for complex distribution algorithms consumers can now pay creative creators directly for the work they consume online. You, and not a centralized monitoring organization, decides where your money goes to. I can’t wait for that day to come.
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