That's not very different from the paypal model is it?
What i find appealing about the Flattr model (and appealing about a model i proposed long ago), is the idea of not having to worry about the actual amounts -- worrying about having enough, etc.
A hybrid approach actually could be VERY cool, and i'm not sure anyone has thought of this yet. Imagine:
Any time you are at a website you want to support or you like, or you think you MIGHT POSSIBLY want to support, you click a button and you type in a text little hint to yourself. For example if you were on DC, you would click the button in your browser (not even on the website), and type "cool looking software, expecially FARR".
Ok now at end of the month, you get a report on HybridDonator.com, and it would be a report about all the sites that you indicated you might be interested in supporting, your notes, and maybe some extra info like how much time you spent on the website that month.
So you might see a report like:
DonationCoder.com | "cool looking software, expecially FARR" | 70 minutes during March 2010
Edith Frost's Music Homepage | "great music" | 10 minutes during March 2010
Next to each link you could type how much you want to donate, or click a link to visit, or a link to twitter/digg/recommend, or you could specify an amount percentage, like 10%, which would be based on the total amount you want to giveaway this month.
By default it could be set to divide up your monthly amount proportionately based on time, based on your ranking, or to give $1 per site, etc.
You could also uncheck sites you changed your mind about, etc.
What's so nice about this idea:
- Absolutely painless and risk free to decide on impulse to donate to a site (it's just a note to yourself not a commitment)
- Ability to change your mind later
- Ability to decide how much to donate in total at the end of the month, and simple ways of either spending fixed amount per month, or per site, or customizing.
- Provides additional functionality like helping you bookmark sites you want to visit (this could even be done automatically by adding sites that support "tipjars" to your report list automatically when you visit a page (but remember you dont have to donate to them at the end of the month).
- Streamlines the process since you would only log in once per month to actually process the financial donation in batch.