In the letter SF got from medium, the part that bothered me said…
Additionally, you are recommending spam with no views
I can only think of 2 ways to click on spam with no views.
(1) Automation, which he says he wasn’t using, and I believe him — and
(2) To click stuff without reading it. Or even opening it. (ie no views)
If #2 is the case, isn’t that also inauthentic?
That’s not to say SF didn’t read some many articles, because I know he does. He’s a reading and commenting fiend, and I mean that in the best possible way. I suspect a case of good intention that meandered down the wrong road.
While I don’t think we should indiscriminately hit the green heart on things we haven’t read — I do think there’s a trend of reading all the way through, and just moseying on.
Read rates are one thing — but recommend rates are, as a rule, abysmally low. And that doesn’t make a lot of sense to me.
Ironically, my post about those little green hearts went up the same day.
(The coin toss of publications. They go up when they go up)