Introducing a new way to monetize your writing: via micropayments and the Web Monetization protocol 💰
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We still need to add support for exclusive content, but we're waiting to see if users need it. There's much more infrastructure needed for this feature in order to verify payments, including additional backend applications out of our control. But if users will find it useful, we'll include the feature and fully document everything.
@write_as I really wonder whether it's possible to do something like Flattr with this:
I really like that approach as it keeps content available in the open for everyone, but sets up an automated tipping jar where everyone with the Flattr extension throws in a fraction of their budget when interacting with the content.
WM as you describe it looks more close to the "maybe paywalls become less bad if we automate them? " approach.
@schmittlauch I think this is actually close already -- the paywall is totally optional. Just adding the "monetization" meta tag to a site means visitors automatically start "tipping" when they arrive, so you can keep content completely open if you want.
I do like the idea of explicitly tipping, though (whether through WM or another way). I think we need a combination of ways to pay. But I believe that part of the tech is still in development.
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