Clapping is supposed to have friction – otherwise, it becomes a binary signal just like recommendations used to be.
Taking the time to clap 50× for an article means you liked it a lot, so requiring an effort is what makes the signal valuable for Medium and publishers.
I would expect Medium to offer analytics at some point in the future showing how much different segments of readers clap for your articles.
good post. i gave it 16/50 claps.
edit: accidentally did 18 claps. can i have a refund? thanks.
edit edit: medium actually plans to link claps to payments to writers.
Haha! Thanks Jim.
This is an improvement. I like it.
Thanks Robin. While the design does relieve immediate pain points users have been voicing (clapping is slow, undoing is hard to discover), my solution isn't perfect and probably raises new problems. I wouldn't personally call it an improvement but humbled that you think so!
I agree with the criticisms the author described, so I guess I agree with the article?