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RainMaker: Donate as Easily as a Tweet

It’s becoming easier and easier to donate online. The next step in the evolution is RainMaker, which lets you donate using nothing more than a tweet.

After linking your Twitter and PayPal accounts to your RainMaker account, donate by sending a quick tweet with a dollar amount, a cause and RainMaker’s Twitter handle. Something like, “#redcross is doing wonderful things, so I’m giving $20 through @rainmakerapp” does just well. As long as you include the three parts, you don’t need to stick to any format. Your donation is transferred from PayPal to RainMaker within a few hours.

Each cause is given their own page on the network, complete with a progress bar and a feed of other Twitter users supporting them.

Donating to a cause is great, but the real power in RainMaker is helping causes get their messages to mass audiences. Each time you tweet a donation, all of your Twitter followers see it. Additionally, you can also setup a fundraising goal for yourself to encourage your followers to donate. It’s the perfect way to organize a mini Twitterthon on your own. RainMaker tracks performance on your user page.

RainMaker was produced by Company 52 and led by Michael Poythress, Jonathon Hill, Matt Blackwell and Paul Jones.

Editor’s note: For those keeping track at home, we recently profiled another app called Rainmaker, which helps organize your Google contacts. These two apps are completely separate from one another.

appbackr: Funding iPhone App Developers

Let’s be realistic. An awful lot of people can pick-up a book on iPhone app development and throw together an app. They may even go for gold and submit it to the App Store. Like all marketplaces, however, listing a product does not guarantee it will sell any copies. Not even one.

appbackr lets developers gather funding from supporters before investing the effort into creating and listing an app. Once the app is listed, all investors share in the profits.

Appbackr helps eliminate much of the risk developers face. First, for some, it helps alleviateĀ the process of finding funding. The service gathers an audience of people who understand the iPhone app industry and can spot great ideas easier than those who may not have the background. Additionally, backers have an incentive to drive promotions for the app. The better the app performs in the store, the more money they can potentially earn. Suddenly, promotional tactics are not just limited to the developer’s efforts. Investors have the motivation to launch a word-of-mouth campaign.

Just like any modern fundraising website, developers have to submit an application prior to listing their app on the site. Visit appbackr if searching for a way to build an iPhone app while mitigating risks. Surprisingly Simple Donations brings the fun of a primetime TV pledge drive to any USTREAM account. It’s all there: the creative direction of a game show, a typeface that reads like an announcer’s voice, and even an extra large ticker in the background showing the total dollar amount raised.

To set up your own pledge drive, enter your USTREAM user account and fill in the blanks. will create a custom page highlighting your goal and also pipe in your USTREAM video and chat feed. For any guest viewing the page, they just need to type something along the lines of “I want to pledge $50” in the chat window, and they’ll be taken to PayPal where they can finish the donation. reads the amount a guest enters, which allows PayPal to be ready on the checkout page. The text algorithm is intelligent since it looks for the number following a dollar symbol. So, “$30 for me” works just as well as “I would like to donate $1,000”.

PayPal simplified the process of handling transactions online, and Kickstarter supports the ambitious long-term goal setter. But there is certainly room for a service like that offers the ability to collect donations with very little technical effort.