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Flattr sounds great to me. But I have questions...
I'm a creator. How does Flattr work for me?
Flattr is a way for people to support you and your creativity with money. Just sign up and link your work, Flattr does the rest. As Flattr users read, watch, listen and enjoy what you create, they will automatically distribute money to you.
Flattr is effortless for both creators and contributors. Contributors don't have to subscribe to multiple individual accounts - one subscription covers everything, automatically. Using a privacy-friendly smart algorithm, Flattr measures attention and distributes the subscription accordingly. That means that once the extension is installed, you can sit back and enjoy the internet as you always do, and Flattr does the rest. Creators don't have to worry about tiers, rewards or producing work on a strict schedule - they just link their work and that's it!
Our smart, privacy-friendly algorithm measures attention on websites. Flattr contributors have a monthly subscription that gets divided between the creators they enjoy over a 30-day period. All you have to do is link your content so Flattr knows where to send the money.
If you have your own domain, simply add the metatag to your site.
You can easily link your social accounts and channels when you sign up, or from your profile page.
Fees paid by the creator are as follows: We take 5% of received revenues (this keeps Flattr running, funds further development and covers chargebacks and fraud). MangoPay (our payment provider) charges 5% of received revenues. These fees are withdrawn on the 1st of the month for revenue received in the previous month. For more information, please see this blog post. (link) Whenever money is withdrawn (currently a minimum of $10), a $3 fee is charged.
A contributor's subscription is distributed when their 30-day cycle ends. This means you will receive money at different times as contributor cycles end.
You need a valid bank account associated with your profile. You can then request a withdrawal. This works worldwide as long as your bank accepts international bank transfers.
Our payment provider MangoPay SA is legally required to fulfill KYC (Know Your Customer) obligations to fight fraud, money laundering and the funding of terrorism. Read more here.
Yes. There are two account types - creator and contributor. Creators receive money and contributors give money. Your account can be set up to do both.
You can, but we don't recommend it. The new system is much more efficient.
I want to contribute. How does Flattr work for me?
Flattr is an effortless way to support great online creators and keep the internet awesome. If you like to use the internet, Flattr let's you give something back to the sites you enjoy the most. You choose a 30-day subscription that you are comfortable with, and at the end of the 30 days, your subscription is divided between the creators you have enjoyed the most.
Simply add the Flattr extension to your browser. Our smart, privacy-friendly algorithm measures your attention on websites and automatically flattrs the sites you pay most attention to. You can also manually flattr a site or trash flattrs you're not happy with.
Currently, Flattr is available on Chrome, Firefox and Opera for desktop.
No. The extension generates flattrs in multiple ways. When you spend enough active time on a site, or return regularly, or read multiple articles over time, flattrs are generated. Only sites that are on our whitelist can be flattred. You can also manually flattr sites.
Open the extension by clicking the Flattr icon in the toolbar and switch the toggle to enable/disable Flattr for the current site.
Sorry, not yet. At the moment Flattr only supports desktop browsers.
The easiest way to browse with out flattring is to use Incognito mode (Chrome) or Private Browsing (Firefox).
At the moment we accept Visa and Mastercard.
Your total 30-day subscription is distributed at the end of the 30-day cycle. You will be able to see exactly where your money went and how much each creator received.
Yes! Before the end of your 30-day subscription you can remove a flattr, using the trash icon on your dashboard at flattr.com.
You can flattr any website, but not all websites use Flattr. When you flattr a page we check to see if the owner uses Flattr. If they do, the flattr will be part of your monthly contribution. If they don't, we can't send money to them, so we divide your contribution between the creators that use Flattr.
When a site has multiple authors we can flattr the individual author. If a flattr is generated by number of visits, the main domain will be flattred.
If you don't make any flattrs in your 30-day subscription period, or there are no valid receivers for the flattrs you make, your subscription amount will be carried over to the following cycle. Therefore, your card will not be charged.
No worries, go to flattr.com/forgot to reset your password
You can test Flattr for 20 days. If it's not for you drop us a line at flattr.com/contact and request a refund. Otherwise, you can cancel your subscription at any time.