Hey Samuel, thanks for this great product!
Not only would I love to become a premium user but I want to share the love by inviting and paying for premium accounts for some friends.
What I’d like to do is paying for N accounts at once and you’d ask for their email and send them a license code and they’d be ready to roll.
Ideally you’d give me N registration keys , so I can explain them personally by email (not all of them are comfortable with english) and see who’s interested.
That would also be a way to sponsor you beyond the $36 account: if I have overestimated the number of interested friends, I could use one of these keys to pay for my account next year, and I’d be glad you got the money in advance, hopefully to work on the social features!
As many of your users, I come from Google Reader where I had a great group of sharebros (and sharesistas). It seems like every one of them chose a different alternative, and some of them discarded the Newsblur option because of the 64 feeds limit.
I’d love to put them on Newsblur as soon as you get the very-wanted social features, even if it means I’m paying for them.
There will probably be some trial and error around the features and adjustments to the business model, you know, the usual discounts for anyone buying lots of accounts at the same time.
Or some sort of referral / sponsoring bonuses as you bring in more guys, perhaps in the form of increased feed limits for the sponsoring or sponsored users. Or just free months.
I definitely hope the added press and income would help you devote more time to Newsblur.
As for the payment, I don’t want to create a paypal account, but I’ve seen other sites allowing for paypal one-time credit-card billing. Maybe you only need some configuration or paperwork with them to get that done?
I know that’s a lot of work and can’t wait to know how you envisioned social features, so if there’s a way I can send you money directly I’d be happy to do that. But I guess that’s not very scalable for you to
I “plussed” two paypal-related questions anyway so fellow “Newsblurers” can voice their concern too, looking forward to hearing from you on these topics.
Thanks again and please keep up with the great work.