Number of total claps divided by number of people would give you an average of the clout or intensity with which people liked your posts (to a max of fifty). So basically, then you’d compute an influence matrix of your posts in terms of their clap distribution. We might as well start seeing the birth of popularity metric of social media being born here.

It’s not just how many people you get to like your posts, but how well they liked as well. In this world, what is the meaning of fifty claps? One clap per person of fifty visitors or 50 claps from one person? Medium presents my reader with a somewhat deceptive statistic of total claps but not claps per user who visited and clapped it. Is that necessarily going to give me more nuanced information about the influence that my post has generated? I don’t know.

Associate Professor of Epidemiology and Environmental Health at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. Also in:

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store