about Kachingle

KACHINGLE, CROWDFUNDING & MICROPAYMENTS

- Kachingle is an effortless way to support your favorite sites, online publications, and blogs just by visiting those sites after becoming a Kachingler.

- Kachingle is simple, user-centric and user-controlled alternative to cumbersome subscriptions, paywalls, and pay-per-article plans some media outlets are considering forcing upon their readers.

- Kachingling requires virtually no effort on the part of the Kachingler — just click the Medallion on sites you want to support. No credit cards, passwords, etc.

- As a Kachingler, you choose the sites you want to support. When you surf the Web click on any Kachingle Medallion on a site you want to support — just once — and Kachingle will keep track of your visits.

- At the end of each month, your monthly Pay-In to Kachingle ($5 to start, but other options will be available soon) will be distributed proportionally among your chosen sites based on your visits.

REASONS FOR BECOMING A KACHINGLER

- Help support journalism’s future online.

- Help support a site whose writers are underpaid or have been working as a labor of love.

- Help support a specialized reporting that takes time and money to produce (e.g. highly localized news or investigative reporting).

- Help support sites that provide a free service.

- If enough readers become Kachinglers for your site, their support will help the site grow and improve.

- Share your support with colleagues, friends, and family (and soon Twitter followers and others), and turn them on to the sites you visit.

- Kachingle provided an opportunity to get recognition for supporting your favorite sites and sharing that support through social networking — every Medallion includes a “See who’s kachingling this site” link that displays all the site’s kachinglers.

- Build an online persona around your Kachingle contributions.

- For each site you support, you can choose how your name will appear, for example, if you have a nickname on that site you’d like to use. (You can also kachingle anonymously if you choose.)

- And do all this on your own terms, and without having to have to support each site though separate means.

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