Flattr Plus: Let us shine some light on the progress · 2016-11-23 14:05 by Laura Dornheim
It’s always darkest before dawn.
We just wanted to explain to you why you haven’t heard about Flattr Plus in a while.
In our case, dawn is the release of the beta version, and the sun is already peeking over the horizon. So you can imagine, that we are pretty busy these days.
But we still want to take the time to give you a quick update!
Current status of Flattr Plus
The extension itself is basically ready to go in beta. What we are currently fine-tuning is the brain of the browser extension, the algorithm that makes sure your money goes to the sites you really engage with and want to be funded. We are testing multiple versions of that algorithm internally to identify the one that will make it to the beta release.
Meanwhile, our designers and UX experts are putting the finishing touches on the browser extension as well as on the sign-up experience on Flattr.com. As Flattr Plus relies on Flattr.com as its backbone, this is where users and publishers will sign up to use Flattr Plus and create an account.
To make sure we develop something that you want to use, we are continuously talking to potential users, publishers and other experts. Right now, we are conducting a couple of interviews to better understand users’ needs and expectations of Flattr Plus and their attitudes towards rewarding web content that they enjoy.
Before the end of the year, we will start a closed beta version to get in-depth feedback for the functionality and the overall experience with Flattr Plus. We are super excited about that milestone, and will keep you posted (with lots of pics) throughout it!
And for the ones who prefer text over pictures, we have something special on the way: as we put a lot of thought into the idea of voluntarily funding content, and especially the development of the algorithm, we decided to write all of that down in a detailed whitepaper, so anyone interested can understand our approach. And of course challenge or even modify it.
As we want to include the release version of the algorithm and the results from the closed beta, the whitepaper about Flattr Plus is scheduled to be published early next year.
In the meantime, we’d love to hear from you with any thoughts and comments about Flattr Plus!
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