Tracking Your Micropayments As Web Monetization Receiver | Hacker Noon

June 12th 2020

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Currently, web monetization providers doesn’t have a feature to show subscribers a breakdown of where their money went. This is due to the fact that providers don’t track or know where their subscribers go, in the name of privacy. It’s a tough balance between privacy and data.

This is why I built PayTrackr.

What is it?

It is a browser extension that lets you track and manage your micropayments to web monetized websites, having a web monetization provider membership (i.e. Coil).

PayTrackr stores all of your micropayments locally on your device. Only you have access to your data. Not even the web monetization providers can read your data.

PayTrackr is 100% open source software. The source code for PayTrackr is hosted on GitHub and everyone is free to review, audit, and contribute to the PayTrackr codebase.

What are the features?

Here are the current features of PayTrackr:

Dashboard – Aggregated breakdown on how much went to each site in total

Recent Payments – History of micropayments to websites with web monetization.

Payment Alerts – Get notified when a certain amount is reached.

Export History – Export micropayments history to csv/xlsx.

What are the benefits?

Installing PayTrackr side by side with Coil or any other provider soon gives us benefits like:

  • We become financially aware and improve money management
  • We can allocate money to each site equally if we want to
  • We can monitor payment streams in real-time

Future plans?

  • Sync data between devices
  • Start/Stop/Pause payment streams?
  • Clear history periodically-
  • Send history to email

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you for reading!


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