The concept of automatically distributing donations based on browsing behavior is fairly similar to what https://www.brave.com/ is trying to do.
The main difference seems to be that Brave blocks ads by default, coercing publishers into its payment model. Flattr Plus seems to be way more diplomatic than that.
There is also protip which I like even better because it only runs in your browser, no central service necessary at all and therefore cuts out any middleman taking a cut. What probably hampers its usage is, that a) it’s based on bitcoin and b) it’s only available for Chrome.
Our smart algorithm knows which sites you engage with and will apportion the according amount of your budget to that site.
Would be curious what precisely the smart algorithm is doing. Some mix of pageviews + time-on-page?
Sounds like a potential privacy issue?
NSFW alert: an annoying video plays up immediately as you navigate to the site.
I think this is a great alternative to the subscription-model many companies are opting for. Especially for casual readers such as myself.
I’m sure there are some people who will get the value out of a particular online news site’s subscription, but that isn’t me. I tend to read everywhere, and I’m happy for the people who wrote those articles to receive some money because of that, particularly if it engages me, which is what this add-on will pick up on.
I also like that there’s no lock-in to flattr, if you include the appropriate code on your page, you can have multiple payment systems, and support the various ways people want to pay. I like it.
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