Oh, but the algorithm is pretty simple. Funny story to illustrate. On the day Medium announced that writers would get paid by reads, not claps a lady posted on Facebook to say “Oh, no! There isn’t enough hours in the day to READ all the people I used to clap for!!” A whole bunch of people agreed with her.
Now, I’m not American, so I have no idea how the electoral college works. But here’s what I do know. If that “one” lady was clapping for way more articles than she can possibly read in a day, the writers were not getting paid for their *writing* — they were getting paid for having lots of (loyal clappy) friends.
Not to mention all the people who said me too, without the hashtag and about the clapping vs. reading.
Since it is, after all, a site for writing, Medium saw a problem and fixed it. Now writers get paid for their reads. And if they have “loyal” readers, who read all their stuff, they get an extra penny in the tip jar for those people.
And if the writer knows how to get their posts ranked well in Google and a stranger ambles in and signs up, they get paid for their reads, too.
Nice and simple. Even if I’m a Canuck and have no idea how the electoral thing works on your side of the border.
Nice to meet you! :)