Giving claps take way too long.
Our redesign of Medium’s Claps…and why they may not have chosen to do it this way.
Jason Li
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Your thinking that the “tap, hold, wait” friction was intentional is right on. It’s exactly what came to my mind after reading the first paragraph of your post.

I would consider 50 claps using your interaction less “valuable” than 50 claps with Medium’s current interaction simply because it takes longer for the user.

The mobile/desktop clap rate difference is a big issue that medium needs to resolve immediately 😬

I had no idea about the undo function in the share action sheet!

One clap, two clap, three clap, forty?

By clapping more or less, you can signal to us which stories really stand out.