The Internet has changed everything, including homeless people. According to Wired's Daniela Hernandez, the modern homeless person doesn't panhandle, instead, they watch "YouTube videos in exchange for bitcoins, the worlds most popular digital currency."
For every video he watches, Angle gets 0.0004 bitcoins, or about 5 cents, thanks to a service, called BitcoinGet, that shamelessly drives artificial traffic to certain online clips. He can watch up to 12 videos a day, which gets him to about 60 cents. And he can beef up this daily take with Bitcoin Tapper, a mobile app that doles out about 0.000133 bitcoins a day a couple of pennies if he just taps on a digital icon over and over again. Like the YouTube service, this app isnt exactly the height of internet sophistication it seeks to capture your attention so it can show you ads but for Angle, its a good way to keep himself fed.
Angle, 42, is on food stamps, but that never quite gets him through the month. The internet provides the extra money he needs to buy a meal each and every day. Since setting up a bitcoin wallet about three or four months ago, he has earned somewhere between four or five bitcoins about $500 to $630 today through YouTube videos, Bitcoin Tapper, and the occasional donation. And when he does odd jobs for people around Pensacola here in the physical world he still gets paid in bitcoin, just because its easier and safer. He doesnt have to worry as much about getting robbed.
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