Creating content online can be fun, whether write blog posts, make video blogs or create other types of content. However, earning money for your work is rare for many content creators. That’s why live mobile video streaming service Bambuser has teamed up with social micropayment service Flattr to give video bloggers the chance to be “flattrd” and earn real money for their work.
Bambuser creators can now earn money via Flattr. When a viewer that has signed up to reward content creators via Flattr clicks the “Flattr” button (similar to the Facebook like button or Digg button) the creator is rewarded with a micro-donation. The amount of the donation will vary depending on how many content creators the viewer “Flattrs” in any given month. Basically, a user pays a flat rate at the beginning of each month, Flattrs content creators throughout the month and then, at the end of the month, that flat rate is split equally between all of the people that the user has Flattrd. The video below does a good job of explaining how the site works.
Bambuser Executive Chairman Hans Eriksson said in a press release, “For the first time, the work of Bambuser broadcasters can be supported by the wider digital community. This is a real breakthrough for content providers as admirers of their work can now financially reward them every month.” Co-founder of Flattr, Linus Olsson, added that, “Increasingly great content is being created by ordinary people, not big corporations. Bloggers, podcasters and citizen journalists are among the biggest groups of Flattr users, and video is clearly on the uptrend. We’re thrilled Flattr can help the Bambuser community get easily rewarded for their work.”
Personally, I love the concept of Flattr and I think it’s great that Bambuser is implementing it in order to help their content creators make a little bit of pocket change (or a lot, who knows?!). It can certainly be hard making money from content you post online—even on YouTube only Partners and those selected for individual video partnerships have the opportunity to make money.
However, I am curious about how many people actually sign up to make micro-donations through the service. In theory it’s a fantastic idea and I’m sure that tons of people out there would love to reward their favorite content creators. But how many of them would actually go the extra mile and sign up to start making donations? I’m not sure.
Content consumers—would you sign up to Flattr your favorite content creators with money? And content creators—would you consider putting a Flattr button on your content? We’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below.
Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times. Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.