Paying for web content

My friend Nils answered with a link to my last post in the comment section. He recommended an article about Kachingle which could be a way of paying artists, bloggers or any (human?) content generator for their work on the internet.

The company has the idea to put medallions on every website which joined Kachingle and you as a Kachingler decide freely if you want to pay for it or not. You pay a monthly amount of money to Kachingle and they give it to the publishers (in the widest sense of the word) depending on the klicks they had on their medallion. Nice idea, though I don’t like the idea of one company collecting data of which sites people want to pay with all their payment data. With this I am totally distrustful. I don’t like monopolism, especially when it’s a world wide one:

Typaldos [of Kachingle] strongly believes that that’s the wrong approach, because it again puts up barriers to contributing. ‘Having two systems would be incredibly confusing to users … and not user-centric which is the big paradigm shift that has to happen for this model to work,’ she says.

(quoted from the editorandpublisher’s article written by Steve Outing and mentioned above)

That’s exactly what I mean.

Any other suggestions? I think we’ve just started finding ways to live with the internet… There are a lot of things happening. There is a big change to a virtual way of life which is real because it affects our every day life. We must find ways to deal with it. And ignoring it isn’t a way of dealing with it… Learning from history…

11. June 2009 by Jessica
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Comments (3)

  1. I like the simple idea behind Kachingle, although I share your concerns regarding the monopolism aspect. And it’s not easy to solve.
    There has to be one or at least one big pay system for all users to keep something like Kachingle simple. But it does not necessarily have to associate bank data with site data, e.g. you can use your Paypal account for paying Kachingle on a monthly base and all Kachingle gets is your real name.
    On the other side – Paypal is a good example for distrustful micropayment systems. It spams alot and it is allowed to do so, because it is no bank. What we need is a micropayment approach that has to operate under banking laws.

    1. Kachingle. Gathers clicks and associates it with a user ID. Sends a bill with all kachingled sites at the end of the month to your e-mail address.
    2. A micropayment instance. Accepts an ID and the bill by Kachingle (not the list of sites). Asks the user if everything is fine. Pays the bill. Is not allowed to do anything else with your data because it is a bank.

    So – Kachingle can then operate with a lot of banks worldwide that have micropayment interfaces. Only the bank knows, who stands behind your ID. Only Kachingle knows, what bank deals with your ID.

    Just some thoughts …

  2. Additional thought: Instead of an (U)ID Kachingle as well as the micropayment system should use transaction tickets, that change after each transaction. The micropayment interface allows more than one Alias-ID per account.

  3. Nils, these are some interesting aspects. My friend Simon of [freelance unbound](http://freelanceunbound.wordpress.com/2009/06/19/can-a-donation-model-fund-web-content/) wrote about it, too. I think this is a subject we will spend a few more years on thinking of a solution. But it’s very important to share thoughts because we already live in a digital society and we have to find out how we’re going to do this…