Props to @abhayshah76
for emailing me a link to this story.
If there was a starbucks anywhere around my daily route (the closest is about 20 minutes away) I would use this and then pay back what I used... just because.
As far as the payment methods concern, I wouldn't be comfortable using a credit card for this, but a one-off payment through paypal, if starbucks has it as a payment option, would be fine with me. Worst case, someone could see my email address.
Jonathan also has an API that you can use to grab minute-by-minute balances for the past hour. I'm still trying to come up with something interesting to do with this data.
Your credit card may support "temp" numbers that expire after a certain time and have preset spending limits. That'd be the way to do it.
Sparx, ooh cool. He has an API for this. Wouldn't it be funny if somehow this project ended up being one big collective tank for spending and investing? Although I suppose the value would only increase based on the giving of people. So if you put in $5 and spent $6, you made money, only because you gave less. I was going to say, only because you are greedy. But the part of the point of this project is to help other people. So perhaps some people aren't greedy if they spend more than they give.
But as I said in the post, people who go to Starbucks aren't exactly people in need. And the fact that you need a smartphone to redeem this, shows that you really aren't in that much need. Now, you could spend the money on a pastry or beverage for someone homeless. Then that would be an example of how this could be a fund for those in need. It would be nice if the API had an indiciator of the reason why the money was spent. On yourself? Did you forget your wallet? Did you buy something for someone else?
Tom, oooo, i want my credit card to do that!
there's one very simple problem with this scenario: STARBUCKS
But moose, that's what makes this so fitting for the technorati.
Hmm, there's some doubt being cast on where exactly Jonathan is coming from: http://consumerist.com/2011/08/jonathans-card-may-be-a-starbucks-brewed-viral-marketing-gambit.html
Regardless, I sort of like the idea, but honestly, seeing the indie coffee shops in my town dying by the week, I'll pass.
Iíve seen progression in every post. Your newer posts are simply wonderful compared to your posts in the past. Keep up the good work..