Flattr

I just signed up for Flattr. I requested an invite two days ago. That was fast! I like the idea — commit yourself to, say, $10/mo for paying for freely provided online entertainment, because it reinforces that you are a good person. And then just click to donate, and you don’t have to worry about not eating next month because you donated too much. There is so much wonderful content available freely online, and I want to donate — money is just hard to part with, you know? So this is a very interesting solution.

You will notice a flattr button in my blog sidebar. This is fairly easy to do with wordpress.com blogs, even though they say they have no plans for a flattr widget. When you submit a new flattr page, you get some code for the button, which will look something like this:

<a href="http://flattr.com/thing/18655/Luke-Palmer-functional-programming-and-mathematical-philosophy-with-musical-interludes" target="_blank">
<img src="http://api.flattr.com/button/button-static-50x60.png" alt="Flattr this" title="Flattr this" border="0" /></a>

Add an image widget to your sidebar with the second URL (http://api.flattr.com/button/button-static-50x60.png) as the image to display and the first URL (http://flattr.com/thing/...) as the link. Tada!

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