The Internet Archive, a San Francisco-based non-profit digital library—reported receiving $2,500 in Basic Attention Token (BAT) tips. The browser’s micro-donations feature has also been endorsed by several other major websites, which could mean a web driven by ads and the sale of user data could become a thing of the past, suggested Archive.org.
Brave Creators See Revenues from Micro-Donations
Brave, the first blockchain-based decentralized browser in the world, has entered the second quarter of 2019 with impressive growth. Brave browser’s number of active users has grown considerably, Basic Attention Token (BAT) has appreciated 160 percent year-to-date, and the number of high-profile websites enabling Brave Rewards has exploded.
One of the earliest adopters of Brave’s ‘creator’ feature was Archive.org, also known as the Internet Archive. The San Francisco-based non-profit digital library signed-up to be a Brave creator a few years ago, having seen the micro-donations feature as a “fun experiment.”
While it was initially only thought of as a way to support a like-minded tech organization, Archive.org was surprised to find that their tip jar had accumulated more than 9,000 BAT— the equivalent of $2,500.
“This was an unexpected windfall. It was also proof that the current web, the one that’s driven by ads that know our every move, doesn’t have to be the web of the future,” the company said on their blog.
Are Brave Rewards a Sustainable Alternative to Online Ads?
After Archive.org enrolled in Brave’s reward program in 2017, many other large companies also joined the movement. First We Feast, an online food-culture magazine that has 5.7 million subscribers on YouTube, recently became a Brave Verified Publisher, along with the LA Times.
Source: Brave Rewards panel
Considering the size of these audiences,