I would prefer number of reads over recommendations.
How Can We Change The Medium?
Abhishek Chakraborty

In my opinion, this way we would turn out like YouTube: many clickbait videos (or articles) that get viewed/read often, but people who view/read them don’t really like them in the end. Reads make sense from a marketing point of view: it tells you if the article was successful and you should be making more if you want to have more people seeing your ads. However, it does not make sense if you want to deliver quality content to the users’ feeds.

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