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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Mea Culpa: Misplaced Clicks Cause Outage

Unfortunately we had an unplanned outage last night: this was caused by some reckless clicks that inadvertently resulted in the deletion of our load balancer. Needless to say this made it impossible for anyone to access the site and caused some undue stress to our buskers and tipsters. Let me apologize for the incident and thank the members for bringing the issue to our attention. We will learn from this incident and our clicks will be better aimed from now on....


On a more positive note we have added a few features to help make junkets and YouTipIt members more easy to find. Firstly we have added a search box that will let you google the site for search items. Also we now own the "utip.it" domain and this can now be used when posting links to your profiles and junkets on the web (see the snippets section). We have also been improving our Internet Explorer compatibility (did we tell you how much we love this browser?) and removing those annoying security popups that were previously occurring.


We are working hard on getting next version of YouTipIt up and running. In the mean time keep the tips and comments flowing!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Youtipit Spotlight: Plankhead



The cool guys from Plankhead are fundraising with Kickstarter.com to finance their latest production: Your Face is a Saxophone. You can now support the campaign using YouTipIt and/or Bitcoins.

Plankhead run a site which is all about creating and promoting public media. As they say “we make stuff, donate it to the world, and scream loudly about its existence”. Anything that they create can be viewed, downloaded and/or reused for fee. Their copyright notice sums it up very nicely: “Please copy with reckless abandon”.

Their current project is an animated series called “Your Face is a Saxophone" and they wish to produce six more episodes but they need funding. They have started a Kickstarter.com campaign asking fans to donate money: 9,000$ by March 25th, 2011.




They also run a funny blog with a load of ironic and sarcastic comments about the copyrighting, media or anything else that has tickled their fancy at the moment.

We acknowledge that their content is free and we understand how much work is involve to produce that kind of content. And to be able to continue, they need your support. Send them Bitcoins and help make this a showcase on how Bitcoin can help making the internet DRM-free. Like the Kickstarter.com campaign, if the goal amount isn’t reached, all Bitcoins will be refunded. Warning: Make sure you don’t tip anonymously, if you would like to be refunded.

So of you go tipping:

Plankheads Youtipit page:
http://www.youtipit.org/m/Plankhead

My personal favorite is the sour kraut
https://www.youtipit.org/t/2684-2 (Pun intended)

Follow them on Twitter

Friday, February 11, 2011

Anonymous Tipping

We added a neat new feature today, which we believe should have been in right from the very first day. Every Junket now has a unique, publicly visible Bitcoin address.

You can now tip a Junket directly by sending Bitcoins from your favourite Bitcoin application. You obviously can't add a comment then, but if you'd like do this you can always login ..




[Photo by irrezolut]

Friday, February 4, 2011

YouTipIt @ Munich Global Ignite Week

We had the opportunity to present YouTipIt and Bitcoin at the Munich Global Ignite Event last night.

Using the Ignite format is quite challenging because it restricts you to 20 slides which are automatically forwarded every 15 seconds, resulting a total 5 minutes of speaking time. This results in a busy but entertaining session agenda.

There we're a lot of great sessions. My personal favourite was mysherpas.com, which is a German crowd-sponsoring platform. @MySherpas: Come on guys, get that English version out! You now there is huge European market which would love to embrace your platform. (Side note: Kickstarter is not an option for non-us citizens, as you are required to have a US company and bank account to participate).

YouTipIt's core idea was warmly greeted by the audience. Some people made the obvious comparison with Flattr and I had to explain the areas in which our service is quite distinct to theirs. The YouTipIt App, with which you will be able tip street musicians, will be our shining knight in armour. Development will commence shortly.

The audiences reaction on Bitcoin was also very interesting. Hardly anyone had heard of Bitcoin before, and I only had four slides to float the idea. After initial scepticism, everybody had quickly grasped the concept, but not many were exited. Once I had explained why using "traditional" payment service providers aren't economically feasible for micro donations due to high ratio of transaction costs to the overall payment, many responded with an enlightened look.

I've posted the slides on slideshare: English German

The video of the session follows. Careful though, it contains very harsh german language (for non-german speakers that is) and the quality isn't too good. Big thanks to Marco from go-bitcoin.com who ripped the video from the live stream.





Go-bitcoin.com is all about building up a German Bitcoin community and we from YouTipIt will definietly be supporting it. Marco has already written quite an impressive amount of posts on his old blog which has now moved to the new location.
Marco was here in our office last week and interviewed us and the result is a neat feature Post about YouTipIt. Warning to the non-German speakers again: More harsh language out there.
Here's his post


Thanks again, to everyone. See you @ YouTipIt


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Features & Tweeting Tips

We've added and improved some features of YouTipIt today. Here's a summary of the changes introduced.

Commenting on Tips
By popular demand we've added the possibility to comment on tips. We've even gone so far that anyone who is logged can comment on a comment.

Receive Email on Tip or Comment
If you want to you can now receive Emails, whenever you receive a tip or a comment on one of your Junkets. To use this feature, you will have to go to your Profile Settings and set the values accordingly.

Activity Overview
The personal home page now has an improved view of all the activities. Here you should now see what has been happening: Deposits, Withdrawals, Tips and in the next release personal Messages.

Junket Text
The Junket Text (or description) will finally respect your line breaks and turn them into paragraphs.

In the next days we will be adding the following features:
- Send Personal Message
- Making the tips amounts you have received public (option)
- Tweet Tips you have received

Tweeting Tips
We've come to realize that Twitter is a very powerful tool when it comes to getting the word out. So we have decided to add an option which will send a tweet every time a Junket is tipped.
The tweet will look something like
@kseudo tipped @aykarsi 5 BTC. Keep up the good work!
This will be an optional setting in the Junket. Users will also have the option of setting their Twitter user names in their profile.

That's all for today, keep the feedback coming.