Here is an idea for you: what if we used XRP to fight email spam? Does this idea sound strange to you? A Reddit poster has about this very creative idea and how it could be used to save the world from spam.
Emails And How Spam Came To Be
Everyone is connected by the internet (at least the people with access to the internet, that is), so it is natural that this can be one of the greatest communication tools of all times. Because of this, the internet is the perfect space for advertising.
In fact, advertising on the internet has taken a major cut of what newspapers and other media outlets received before, but that’s a whole other story for another time. The point here is that the idea of email spam happened because people saw a free communication tool that they could use to reach anyone.
Emails were one of the earliest applications you could use on the internet and they allowed people to change information in a completely free way, which is why advertisers decided to use… and abuse it. Today, spammers are everywhere and while the best marketing teams have already decided to stop spamming people, most people simply kept this curse going on.
Others even used it to send malware to people in order to steal their money, so spam is really one of the evils of this century.
XRP As A Weapon Against Spam
The Redditor has affirmed that his idea was that email accounts should be one of the best places to host crypto wallets. Because of this, his idea was that Ripple’s XRP tokens were simply perfect in order to control spam with a paid email service.
According to him, the fees could be very small, but this would be enough to deter people from sending emails which are not very valuable because they would have to pay. As any wallet needs at least 20 XRP tokens, the life of the spammers would be harder.
His idea was to start out with only the XRP community and then grow and offer services for other communities as well by embedding the email system. This would allow people to have many different options such as receiving a small amount of XRP tokens for the emails that they receive from advertisers, which would have to pay. You could also send payments via emails.
The idea is interesting, however, it has some issues that could affect its success. For instance, one could simply decide that it is a better idea to receive spam than pay pennies to use the services or would not be able to use the services because they do not use cryptos (which still do not have a big adoption).
However, even if the market was big, embedding wallets directly on email services seems dangerous. Emails are easier to hack than wallets because people use them every day. Wallets, as they store money, should be more protected.