5 things about the new Claps feature on Medium

Medium replaces Recommends with Claps. Here is all you need to know.

Here are few things that you need to know about the new feature:

#1. THIS. THIS AIN’T NEW

The stories in Series always had the clapping option

#2. SHOW YOUR LOVE FOR THE STORY

Update: The claps aren’t countless. I checked. Each person can clap a maximum of 50 times. Sounds fair. One probably wouldn't clap more than 50 times even for a performance by Steven Tyler himself.

#3. WRITERS WILL STILL KNOW HOW MANY UNIQUE PEOPLE LOVED THEIR STORIES

#4. FANS IS THE NEW “RECOMMENDS”. CLAPS IS SOMETHING COMPLETELY NEW

#5. ONCE YOU CLAP, YOU CANNOT UNCLAP

Update/Correction: You can unclap. I stand corrected. The small three button options link at the end of each story? You click on that and you get the option of "Undoing the applause" for the story. Seems kinda harsh, doesn't it? "Undo applause for this post". Makes me think - even if I have accidentally clicked applauding a post, reading those words will make me feel like a heartless ass and I would leave it be.Btw, the undoing applause thing? It's binary. So you can keep on applauding for a post (to the limit of 50, as I discovered), but once you click unapplaud, they are all gone. No way to reduce the number of applauses/claps you want to give to the story. But I don't think that's much of a usecase. The unapplaud link is slightly difficult to find though. But it's there, so yeah - this point of mine is no longer valid.

#6. GOOD LUCK LOVING YOUR OWN STORY. :-)

That’s it for today; see you tomorrow.

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