Today I work my last day at the social micro donation service Flattr. It’s been great. I’ve learned a lot.
One of the main things I’ve learned is that just because everybody agree that what you do is both smart and right, it doesn’t mean they will start using your service. That seems to be especially true when it comes to giving away money.
Everybody agree that the internet is valuable for them. Every day they read, watch and listen to lot’s of content that enrich their lives and essentially shape them as human beings.
The internet is in many senses a mature place. It looks good, it functions well and is full of great content. But when it comes to payments and supporting creators it’s still at an infant stage.
I totally agree with Amanda Palmer, that it’s up to creators to let their fans pay in a way that makes sense for how we use the internet, but I also believe that we as consumers have a responsibility in thinking about how we support the creators we value.
If you want a free and open internet, where content is not put behind payment walls, it’s time to show your monetary support to the creators you value online. Why not do it voluntarily with some of the great services out there.
Support creators on a daily basis with Flattr and Centup, promise creators some dollars each time they release something on the new Patreon platform and help projects get started with Kickstarter, Indiegogo, Funded By Me and Seed & Spark (check the sites on a weekly basis for new projects, it’s big fun!).
If you haven’t yet, sign up to Flattr. Connect the services you consume content on (Instagram, Soundcloud, YouTube, Vimeo, Flickr etc), pre-pay some money and make sure that creators get a part of the monthly budget you set each time you like, favorite or star them.
Remember, everybody is a creator. You too. I get €15 via Flattr every month for my photos on Instagram. If I can get that, real creators that are good at asking for money will be able to get a lot more.
It’s time to make the internet a better place for appreciating creators work. It starts with you. It’s time to give back to creators.