First donation for ThinkTwit

I’m happy to report that last week I had a very nice surprise when I turned my phone on at the airport after a well deserved trip to Ibiza: I received a notification from PayPal to say that I’d had a donation for ThinkTwit. The donation was kindly given by Martijn Pantlin from Orgone Media and was very happily received!

I’ll be entirely honest – I released ThinkTwit as an open source project as I felt that I had developed something that others might find useful and I wanted to contribute to society; the only reason I actually added a donate link is because my natural pedantry required that I meet all the requirements of the readme file so that it doesn’t fail the automated test. Yes pretty anal, I know I know…I didn’t actually expect anyone to donate…

When you develop something that you give away for free, the best you can usually hope for is for something to give you some feedback. I get the odd bit of feedback here and there, and sometimes people tell me how they’ve used ThinkTwit (which is great!) but to get a donation makes it feel like it’s even more worth while; after all, if they are willing to give a few coins (or more in this case) then it really makes you feel like what you are doing is actually useful and appreciated.

So thinks Martijn, I’ll enjoy my next pint on you! 🙂

About Stephen Pickett


Stephen Pickett is a programmer, IT strategist, project manager, RightNow and telephony expert, information security specialist, all-round geek. He is currently Professional Services Director at Connect Assist, a social business that helps charities and public services improve quality, efficiency and customer engagement through the provision of helpline services and CRM systems.


Stephen is based in south Wales and attended Cardiff University to study Computer Science, in which he achieved a 2:1 grading. He has previously worked for Think Consulting Solutions, the leading voice on not-for-profit fundraising, Fujitsu Services and Sony Manufacturing UK as a software developer.


Stephen is the developer of ThinkTwit, a WordPress plugin that allows you to display multiple Twitter feeds within a blog.


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