You could charge your fans or clients like this.
I'd pay to chat with some famous people, or some expert advisors ect.
And i'd be willing to receive spam advertisements for like 1,000 sats each or whatever.
I think it's better than tor because the node operators are getting paid. There is no incentive for a tor node operators to run an exit node except for ideologic reasons. I wouldn't mind paying some sats to keep my privacy.
Sure, that's fair. I imagine Tor is so slow because most people leach off the system and don't give a lot back (in the form of traffic forwarding). A system like this could single that (hypothetical) problem.
In these early days, any effort like this is commendable as it is pioneering uncharted territory. Bugs are a constant in development so to point the finger at that is to stare at the cracks in the wall forgetting entirely that you’re staring at the Pyramid of Giza. It’s incredible to see new possibilities on the network and for all on lookers of this may it open minds and provide fuel for new works and applications.
I don't think a project like this needs to be built on the back of a cryptocurrency or its next layers. Bitcoin/Lightning does give the advantage of name recognition, but that's about it. There's existing projects for messaging/chat in a decentralized implementation.
I'm annoyed this got downvoted because you're exactly right.
This project is just co-opting the p2p network side of things and taking advantage of an easily abused aspect of the protocol to transmit messages. "Trojan horse" kind of fits.
Next we'll find out Roger Ver is behind the whole thing.
This could eventually replace whatsapp and wechat, could replace all chats eventually, because the lightning payment (bitcoin) component is compelling. But for now I wonder if it can be made robust without any protocol changes to lightning?