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After Brave internet browser, Solana hosts mobile messaging app, Jabber by Bonafida

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If you have a Solana wallet, you could be one download link away from chatting with friends, keeping up with community discussions, or even earning money from your DMs.

Bonfida announced the launch of Jabber on Solana, which it claimed was the “very first mobile messaging app built on any blockchain.”

But there was one particularly exciting feature to note. Bonfida’s announcement stated,

“You can easily monetize your DMs and groups by setting up a price per message (in SOL) that other users will have to pay to message you. This provides content creators with a trust-less way to monetize their work and interactions.”

Furthermore, Jabber users could also send or accept tips and send encrypted personal messages. However, as of press time, messages in group chats are not encrypted. What’s more, Bonfida provided a lengthy list of prohibited jurisdictions, including the UK and the USA.

Communication in the crypto sector usually takes place across a variety of channels – Telegram, Reddit, Twitter Spaces, and more. As Bonfida also detailed, blockchain-based messaging apps offer a number of use cases across the ecosystem.

Stretching Solana?

The fifth largest blockchain by market cap has already taken a step into the IT and communication sectors. One example of this was Solana’s partnership with the privacy-protecting Internet browser Brave, which introduced a crypto wallet. Adding to that, the Brave crypto wallet is due to integrate Solana next year.

If more such partnerships come, there’s a high chance that a non-crypto user encountering crypto or blockchain features in their digital tools could run up against Solana powered infrastructure. However, as Bonfida’s list of prohibited jurisdictions showed, app creators’ own compliance policies will also have a large part to play in Solana’s growth.

Coding meets compliance

Iranian students looking forward to a ConsenSys Academy course met with a rude shock when they received an email suspending their enrolment. The reason? As Iranian students, they were reportedly based in a country hit by American legal sanctions.

However, Solana co-founder Raj Gokal invited the students to take part in a Solana coding course instead.

Not just apps, but as blockchain communities go global, it’s clear that regulation and compliance will continue to affect crypto adoption.


Sahana is a full-time journalist at AMBCrypto. She has a Masters in Journalism and her areas of study include crypto-regulation, digital society, privacy, and intersectionality. Ask her about film photography and philately.
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