Privacy-focused web browser Brave has seen a 1,200 percent increase in verified publishers using its Brave Rewards program since July last year. This includes sites like the Washington Post, LadBible and, of course, Decrypt.
This shows that adoption of the Brave browser, which includes native cryptocurrency support, is on the rise. The privacy-focused web browser—that blocks ads by default—allows for its users to earn BAT tokens if they choose to accept ads that are provided by Brave. These tokens can then be used for micro-tipping content creators that have signed up for the rewards platform.
According to a Reddit user, based on data from Batgrowth, the number of Brave Rewards publishers sat at 18,931 in mid-July, 2018. But, checking the website now, it shows that there are more than 226,700, at time of writing. As such, more and more websites are signing up to receive tips for their work.
Some major users of the Brave Rewards system are Youtube channels, Twitch streamers, as well as certain websites—Twitter being one of the more recent, high-profile sites to join the program.
This allows for all Twitter users to register their accounts, to receive tips for tweets. (If they’re not already getting paid to tweet). So far, 16,600 Twitter users have signed up for Brave Rewards.
Other platforms that support the program include Youtube, Twitch, Reddit—and even GitHub, in case you want to tip your favourThe infrastructure is ready for people to start tipping their favourite websites—but will they do so?ite developer for writing some particularly snazzy code.
Users of the Brave browser can now also tip tweets and Reddit posts directly. The browser also reached more than 10 million installs in August, last year, on the Google play store alone.
In short, there are a large number of people using the browser, many websites accepting tips and more ways to tip other people on large social media platforms. This is perhaps one of the best examples of an ICO that has actually created a token with real utility—as most promised to do. But this question remains, will this drive up the tokens price or was the ICO model flawed from the start?