Why Online “Tip Jar”-Style Payment Systems Don’t Work

Flattr wants to build a “tip jar” payment system, but history is littered with those who have tried failed. Why don’t online tip jars work? The founder of Tipjoy says it’s hard to get people to pay for things they aren’t already used to paying for.

Can Flattr Plus Twitter Make Micropayments a Reality?

Flattr, a micropayment startup, says it is launching a new feature that will allow users to pay people by using their Twitter username. Could this give Flattr enough scale to make it a real payment solution, or will it join the heap of failed micropayment solutions?

Our Favorite April Fools’ Pranks, Japes and Tomfoolery

Whether you love it or hate it, April Fools’ Day seems to be more popular in the technology world than almost any other unofficial holiday. In this post, we’ve collected some of our favorite pranks, tricks and bogus news stories from today for your amusement.

Social Micropayment Service Flattr Opens Up Beta

Social micropayment service Flattr opened up its beta test today, making it possible for anyone to give money Digg style: Flattr users can spread micropayments to online video makers and others by simply clicking on a Flattr button that is embedded into a creator’s web site.