Yesterday I had time to surf around the web. In fact, I was doomed to do anything that keeps me awake the whole day while I was on a training...
I had to think about Flattr, a micropayment service that lets you donate a given amount per month. If you decide to donate 5$/month, your 5$ will be split between everybody, whose flattr button you have pressed. Downside is, that you can only donate to people that show a flattr button anywhere (in fact there are other ways, too, but they look very clumsy).
Flattr takes a fee of 10%, and works with PayPal, what might cost additional fees, not sure about that.
So I thought it could be cheaper and that's why I started looking for alternatives. Here is what I've come up with: https://snowdrift.coop/p/snowdrift/w/othercrowdfunding
This is not the list of micropayment services I was searching for, instead it's a list of payment services that are able to monetize a project/developer. As far as I understood, the list was created by a company that wants to start just another crowdfunding platform so the comments might be subjective. The services in the list are introduced in the following categories:
- Threshold: work will be done after a given sum is collected
- Bounty: payment is done for the first one who solves a given task
- Ransom: closed source is released to OS for a given amount
- Subscription: pay someone on a regular basis because you expect new whatsoever from him
- Donation: just give money and that's it
- Tipping: a more symbolic way of donating (Flattr is in that category)
I thought it might be an interesting reading for the developers here because it shows some possible ways on how to get money for projects.
Btw.: now that I've read about all those other articles, I still like the way flattr is working best and that's why I will start flattr'ing content as soon as possible