The first decentralized browser based on blockchain technology that lets users earn tokens as they browse, Brave, is testing a new feature for tipping tweets with Brave Rewards.
As a reminder, the Brave browser’s goal has been to have the advertising system benefit the publishers and users on the receiving end, instead of just intermediaries and large companies such as Facebook or Google. To accomplish that, the browser automatically blocks all ads and website trackers, but its users are compensated in the native token of the platform, Basic Attention Tokens (BAT), for interacting with ads through a service called Brave Rewards.
Now, users of Brave’s Nightly desktop version have the option to be paid for each tweet. The process is rather simple, as the website explains – users just need to open Twitter in the Brave Browser for desktop, and they will see a special tip button on each tweet. If they want to send a tip directly to the author of that tweet, they just tap on a tip button. Tips are then sent instantly, and they appear in the author’s Brave Rewards account within minutes, including for all who are verified through creators.brave.com. However, if the author is not verified, tips are held locally in the user’s browser until the author gets verified. If they don’t do that within 90 days, the tips is returned to the sender’s Brave Rewards wallet.
As said, this is a feature in its test phase and is available on the Brave Nightly, which is a testing and development version of Brave.
Meanwhile, creators who have their own website or a publication, for YouTubers and Twitch streamers, who have signed up as verified content creators on Brave Rewards, have had an option of receiving contributions from their subscribers / followers who use the Brave Browser, whether on a monthly basis, or a one-time tip, in any preferred amount.
Brave is not the only one looking into tipping tweets. Recently, developer Sergio Abril launched Tippin, an app for or Chrome and Firefox browsers that lets you tip a certain tweet with Bitcoin. It already has more than 4,200 users on Chrome and 310 users on Firefox.