I could drop tons of names here on Medium that do this, but shall refrain.
Benjamin Sledge
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15 Ways to Gain Followers on Medium Through Responses

  1. Respond to stories that will be mildly successful and hope that people see you there.
  2. Write something witty that merits a response from the original author, thus proving how awesome you really are.
  3. Include a captivating picture (nice job) so that when your response shows up on other people’s feeds, they click thinking it’s something new.
  4. Put a catchy title so, well, read number 3 again.
  5. Use tags that don’t have anything to do with your response or the original story to expand the “reach” of your response.
  6. Always tag Ev Williams.