Benefits for publishersPublishers reap the following benefits from Flattr:
- You can ask for donation per article or per site. And anywhere where one can donate, one can also subscribe – give repeated donations automatically.
- Thus, Flattr is a useful alternative to Paypal regarding making donations.
- Furthermore, if your “things” get flattred, you appear on their top lists and possibly get additional traffic.
- Some WYSIWYG editors don’t handle empty HTML elements well and remove them automatically. Instead, you can add a text to the anchor, say, “Flattr”. If you additionally remove the display:none style, you will see the link while editing.
- Compact buttons: The easiest is to add an additional query parameter to load.js in the header, to change all buttons on a page. The addition is in bold: http://api.flattr.com/js/0.6/load.js?mode=auto&button=compact
- Details on integrating Flattr with you site, e.g. plugins for easier submission.
WishesMy wish list for Flattr is as follows.
- Submit page:
- Read-only text areas for the code snippets (then the shortcut “select all” works)
- A button for extracting the title of a given URL (see reddit link submission)
- Automatic extraction of more data (e.g. tags) for websites such as Blogger and Wordpress.
- I “My top things” (on the dashboard) is interesting to publishers, give us a way to directly link to it.
- Show an empty placeholder why the Flattr button is loading then the layout does not have to be rearranged once everything is done.
- Show images in a gallery.
- Long-term idea: Much more could be done with content, Flattr could lay out a complete dynamically generated newspaper (including great pictures!). Having a gallery for images is one step for preparing for this.