Clap twice, if you have never done it before.

Gokul N K
Gokul N K
Aug 28, 2019 · 3 min read

Did you know that you can clap more than once on medium articles?

If you have opened to read this article you fall into one of the following categories.

Category 1 : You didn’t know that you can clap more than once on a article.

Don’t worry you are not the only one. I bet there are many people like you. That is exactly the reasons for this small experiment. If you have not clapped more than once earlier do it now. On this article or on any other article.

I made this is as the first category as I think this is the majority. I did a small validation to verify this and I feel that it is true.

Here is what I did. I opened an article of mine. I made a list of people who had clapped. I opened another article of mine and again made a list of people who had clapped on that article as well. I filtered the list of people who had clapped on both the articles. In line with my hunch it turned out that most of the people who had clapped on both the articles had clapped only once.

There were very few people who had clapped more than once(and different number of claps) on these two articles. Just to be sure I also opened an article written from another account and did the same. We had few common followers in my personal account and this account so it was easy to verify.

It appears that there is a fair share of medium users who don’t know that they can clap more than once. If only Medium had an open and easy API it would have been so easy to verify this.

Note : @Medium Engineering this is something you should fix.

Category 2 : You know that you can clap more than once on a article and you have done it.

If you fall into category 2 with a fail level of confidence I can say that you fall into one of the following sub-categories.

  1. You have a paid subscription on medium.
  2. You are a writer on medium. You have written at-least one post or comment on medium.

If you don’t fall into the above two sub-categories do let me know in comments how you figured out that you can clap more than once on medium.

If this article gains some visibility then I will do some scraping on medium and try to get the actual numbers to substantiate these hunches.

If you want to know more about why claps are important and my strategy on clapping you can check out my article on Why Clapping is important in Medium.

In fact I have reduced clapping on medium as I am using our product to keep all my notes, tags and highlights in a single place.

Gokul N K

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