Micropayments in Open Source and DrupalPresentation Transcript
Micropaymentsin Open Source and Drupal
We have a problemPeople want to support the things they like
But the world isBlack & White
Who am I?• Pelle Wessman• Malmö, Sweden• Front end developer, Flattr• Drupal freelancer, formerly fulltime at Good Old for 3 years
Black & White• Money transactions online are complex and expensive• A limited amount of things are worth that eﬀort• A wide gap between things that get money and those who don’t
The tail is missing• Donations has become easier through services like Kickstarter• Treshold still too high - the long tail of smaller donations is missing• Forcing people to pay money is like an aspirin - makes it a bit better, but doesn’t cure anything
Micropayments vs. App Store• Micro-donations is another way to ”pay it forward”. App Stores are anti-collaborative.• Micro-donations focuses on creations and ideas. App Stores focuses on prices.• App Stores stiﬂes exploration - Micro- donations encourages it• ”Getting paid” !== receiving money
A social micro-payment system
It’s microSmall transactions, mostly below €1
It’s easyOne click donations
It’s safeFixed monthly total - like a cake
It’s cheapNo ﬁxed fees
It’s sustainableSubscriptions repeats a click every month
It’s curationRanks things by what people are willing to support
It’s p2p All users are the same.Everyone can give - Everyone can receive
It’s openDropped our give-to-get requirement this month
It’s evolvingSoon: Flattr all Twitter users
The impact• Enables all things, no matter how small, to get money - no longer any gap• Makes it possible for people to support the things they like without having to think in terms of money• Driving the long tail of donations enabling more people to receive more money• (Flattr also does ﬁxed fee donations €2-50)
In DrupalHow can we use micropayments?
ProjectsEnable maintainers to add Flattr buttons to the project pages
UsersLet users add a button to their proﬁles
In issue queuesLet all issues and issue comments be ﬂattrable
Drupal Association Revenue sharing?
donate in .infoWordPress does it - should we?
Flattr APIREST + OAuth = Mashability
drush ﬂattr viewsDonating from the command line. The deﬁnition of awesome?
Contrib moduleFor supporting a site’s modules - list all modules that has a Flattr button
Buttons on your own site There’s a module for that! http://drupal.org/project/ﬂattr
Who should get the money?
Drupal Alliances?Voluntary organisations that pools membersdonations together and uses them to eg. fund projects and sprints.
Micropayments• People want to support things they like• Micropayments enables them to easily do so• Flattr one, hopefully, good such system• Drupal could beneﬁt from using it in one or many ways
The Savior?No, but icing on the cake.
One more thing…Flattr Meetup friday 13:th in Malmö
That’s it! Find Flattr online: ﬂattr.comFind me at Drupal.org, Twitter, GitHub: @voxpelli