my thing is it's now just a useless metric. some asshole like me can sit there and spam claps just to play with the button. then you have 50 claps and no idea how many people actually enjoyed it.
Back when they introduced "series" and claps, I didn't know if the metric is actually a good measure of anything.
I started sharing quick design tips like a design dictionary, it's been seen 600+ tons, but that's got over 11k claps...
Granted, that's almost 20 each, but that's if every single person did clap.
More than likely, some dummy spammed it. I have no idea if it actually resonated because of my suspiciousness and dislike for clapping.
70 claps from 7 people
Using the metric from this article itself. Two months ago, 70 recommendations was a pretty good number. Now, Medium has completely destroyed the user's perspective on value.
Amazing articles that used to have 1.2k recommendations are now going to need 50k+ claps. Just seems silly to afflict your platform with sudden inflation.
Forgive my ignorance but weren't recommendations 1 to 1 or could one reader recommend an article multiple times?
Yes, they were.
So, wouldn't the 7 people in this example essentially be the same metric as prior number of recommendations? It seems, if that's correct, they've simply added an additional data point somewhat akin to the volume or am I totally off the mark here?
Honestly, it feels a lot like Kudos from Svbtle.
The metric itself feels muddled. I'm certain this is a byproduct Medium scrambling for metrics to justify their valuation.
It's a shame. Back in 2015 it felt like Medium had an incredibly strong product vision—build the best experience for reading and writing on the web. Had they not raised that much money, I think the product would have been better off.
Should designers clap?
Soon enough we will have clap farms in India and the Philipines.
I gave you 50 claps for the article. I'm over it.
Hi everyone, I wrote a little design critique on Medium's recent switch from Recommends to Claps, based on human behavior and storytelling principles.
TLDR; I don't like it.
What do you guys think?
If claps were in addition to likes then fine but this just seems completely unnecessary to me. In my opinion, the whole point of Medium is to focus on the content and the reading/writing experience, why has this been interrupted with the need to applaud any and every valid point an author makes when we already have the ability to highlight and comment on particular areas of content?
Strikes me as struggling startup trying to reinvent the like.
Great in-depth article about Medium's Clap by Thomas Baekdal: https://www.baekdal.com/analysis/the-problem-with-mediums-new-metric-public-vs-private-analytics
There's probably an underlying mechanic to prevent artificial inflation, spamming and "clapping" farming schemes.... or at least I would hope. Otherwise I see this degrading the ability to react legitimately to a piece of content.