Web Monetization is an emerging idea that's paving the way for a more open, fair and inclusive web, to better support both users and creators. Web Monetization provides a way for micropayments to be streamed anonymously from users to websites.
In May 2020, we learned about Web Monetization. A few keywords stood out to us: open, fair and inclusive. These words weren't something we were used to seeing amongst monetization on the web, which generally involves targeted ads, paywalls and other unfortunate things.
But we found ourselves struggling to understand and find resources to learn about Web Monetization. To tackle this problem, we began the Akita project. We are creating resources which introduce Web Monetization through storytelling, easy-to-use tools and community outreach.
Created by Sharon & Elliot.
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Whether or not you're using a Web Monetization Provider such as Coil, you can get started with Akita to find out how you engage with Web Monetization on the internet.
Check out our interactive Web Monetization tutorial for online creators. We give you the basics of how to add Web Monetization to a site through the story of Auden and Chicken.
We've spoken at two conferences; posted articles on DEV.to, Hackernoon and the Web Monetization Forem; and engaged with the community on a bunch of platforms. We hope to see you around the community!
Being a part of Web Monetization is awesome for a lot of reasons, but the supportive and welcoming people are a big reason we love it. Check out Thomas's list of Web Monetization resources if you're interested in what the community is getting up to!
A big thanks to Grant for the Web for funding our project. If you're interested, you can find the other projects funded by the grant here.