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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Google takes down my tip jar

I just got an email from Google saying that "Fund Solicitation" is a violation of the Terms of Use for Google Checkout.

Which surprised me because I had seen other blogs using Google Checkout as a tip jar.

I don't know yet if any of the tips I received will be transferred into my bank account, since that part wasn't fully set up yet. If they won't be, I'll see what I can do to make sure that you guys aren't charged or get refunds.

Now, my problem is finding another way to set up a tip jar. PayPal and GPal both gave out my name in the receipt and I prefer to remain anonymous. Amazon's donation system is only for non-profits, and the only way I could use that is to provide some sort of digital content for sale (assuming I can be anonymous there.)

I'll keep looking for a system that is easy and works.

Meanwhile, I do appreciate the donations that were sent! Thanks so much!