We’ve just launched our first public release of TipTheWeb.org!
Dave and I have been working towards this release for a while, and we’re super excited to finally show TipTheWeb to the world and to see more people start to use it to support the stuff they like online.
Our goal is to enable community-supported web publishing. We think that giving the community of Internet users a way to financially support the web publishers that create the best content will result in a new positive feedback loop for the Internet, one that encourages an increase in quantity and quality of the genuinely useful content that has made the Internet such an amazing public resource.
If you want to know more about why we built TipTheWeb (and why it’s a non-profit), you can read our short manifesto: Why TipTheWeb.
Working With the Web
Dave and I knew from the beginning that TipTheWeb should work without requiring any technical integration for web publishers. TipTheWeb is built around the language of the Web, URLs, and a Tip uses only a URL to identify web content. TipTheWeb processes those URLs to determine who published the content. This means that you can tip stuff that you like even before the publisher signs-up with TipTheWeb.
We’ve also announced two major tipping features:
The Tip Anywhere Bookmarklet streamlines the tipping process; you can tip, fund, and share what you’re supporting without leaving the page you’re on.
Publishing online doesn’t necessarily mean you have your own website. We’ve integrated TipTheWeb with the popular publishing platforms that people are using. Tipping works great on: YouTube, Vimeo, GitHub, Flickr, Slideshare, Twitter!
Publishers can place Tip Buttons on their website, which lets people tip the publisher’s content without leaving the page— the buttons work much like the Tip Anywhere bookmarklet does. Dave posted to our blog a great overview of our Tip Buttons.
Check Out What We’ve Been Tipping
Here’s what Dave and I have been tipping, check out our public Tip Streams:
An Invitation to Join Us in Building a Better Web
We’d love for you to join us in using TipTheWeb to tip what you like online and support the web publishers who spent their time making it available for free to everyone. Get started with TipTheWeb.
If you also publish/post content online, learn how you can be tip-supported by your audience— check out our overview for publishers.
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