Flattr is a social micropayments service started in 2010 by a couple of entrepreneurial Swedes. The idea is that web users can support content creators by donating small amounts of money for items they like, and content creators can earn money for their hard work.

From their About page:

“Flattr was founded to help people share money, not just content. Before Flattr, the only reasonable way to donate has been to use Paypal or other systems to send money to people. The threshold for this is quite high. People would just ignore the option to send donations if it wasn’t for a really important cause.”

OMG! Ubuntu! <3 Flattr

Flattr is quickly gaining traction across the net, and is a big hit in the open source world where community is important, and a lot of people do work voluntarily relying on donations alone. Of course it made sense for us to implement Flattr here on OMG! Ubuntu! when they reached out to us a few weeks ago.

The Flattr team are stoked to have us onboard, in fact they have 200 vouchers to give away to our lucky readers, to the tune of 5 euros each, which will hopefully help you get started supporting the content you love.

To get the free voucher:

All you need to do is tell us your name and email address, and then the first 150 respondents will be emailed links to their vouchers.

But don’t worry if you’re not one of the first 150, as Flattr will also be giving a voucher to 50 randomly selected folk!

After that, simply redeem the code at http://flattr.com/register/invite and get €5 for flattring your favourite sites. The code works for creating a new Flattr account, Flattr credits cannot be added to an existing account.

Note: You will need to have Adblock disabled to see the embedded form. You do have OMG! Ubuntu! whitelisted in Adblock anyway, right?

Before you sign off for the day, make sure you check out our interview with one of the co-founders, Linus Olsson, and happy Flattring!

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