News in Short: Flattr sparks debate over content compensation, Twitter users tighter-knit than Facebook users

News in Short

FLattrFlattr fuels fights

Flattr, the latest business dropping vowels for the sake of trendiness, is getting mixed reviews – and it’s still in closed beta. The concept of Flattr is that content surfers deposit a lump sump into their PayPal account per month, as little as 2 euros, and then click ‘Flattr’ content pages, much like ‘Liking’ via Facebook. Flatter then evenly distributes your lump sum based on how much flattering you did over the month.

Some say it’s the best thing since sliced bread because it opens up an additional revenue stream, boosting residual income to content hubs that rely on ads and don’t profit directly from their content. Others think it’s another slap in the face of true value assessment, where the quality of work is further neglected, and sheer popularity of content drives greater rewards. And then there are those who think that nobody is going to use it, because, well, why pay for free content? One thing’s for sure: Flatter has ignited a buzz and the people are passionate.

What do you think?

98% of Twitter users within “six degress of separation”

Social media consulting firm Sysomos discovered that nearly 98% of Twitter users are within six degrees of separation, and that it takes an average of visiting just 3.3 friends of friends before users find one of their own followers. The average number of degrees of separation between Twitter users was 4.7, compared to 5.7 for Facebook users, according to a now-dorment Facebook app called Six Degrees.

“Twitter’s high degree of connectivity makes it a great platform for marketers to reach a large number of users easily,” said Nilesh Bansal, Sysomos’s chief technology officer, in the New York Times. “The report indicates that with only a few re-tweets, their messages can reach a very large audience.”