We’ve all been to restaurants and asked: “How much should I tip?” For me, it’s an everlasting question knowing some restaurant owners may not pay their waiters a salary. This terrifies me. I’ve heard many horror stories where people don’t leave tips or, even worse, people skip out on the bill altogether leaving the waiter to bare the cost.
Well, Vimeo unveiled a “Tip Jar” button. It’s a button that allows viewers to “tip” a video artist or studio and I support it. It gives creators a chance to reap a benefit. However, it might also lower the value of video production in general.
Vimeo is also adding a “Pay-to-View” option that allows content providers to charge its viewers.
Hopefully, these new Vimeo features will lead to better production values. It would be unfortunate if future creative projects were based on a tipping structure like waiters in the food industry.