Going home to go forward
I agree. I was initially confused with the “clap system”. I still do not “like” it as I think they could have done more imaginative things with it keeping the spirit of “measuring appreciation” in some other ways.
The logo change seems to have done with a purpose that sets the tone, and with payment to the writers based on “claps” does indicate that Medium is set to course a path that long form thoughtful writing on the web can have perks beyond intellectual satisfaction.
This can be a game changer. Watch this space.