Table of Contents
(The useful stuff is near the end, but the stuff in the middle is still going to be fun to read.)
- General Medium ramblings
- Why clapping and unclapping may matter again starting 1 AUG 2023
- How to unclap on Desktop (2023)
- How to unclap on iOS (2023)
- How to unclap on Android (2023)
General Medium ramblings
If you, like me, have been on this site since forever, you’d know that Medium’s policies change every 1 to 3 years. While editing this, I realized that I am making a new version of this in exact 3 year intervals.
I was using Medium back when claps was not a thing. That button was a heart and it was called “Recommendations”, and you can only click it once per article.
I witnessed how they introduced claps; then saw the membership program 1.0 with payout determined by claps happen. I witnessed Hong Kong’s Cantonese / Chinese Medium blogging sphere’s rise and fall (with Medium no longer “boosting” non-English stories, not even putting them on the Following page); how the curation system was put in place; how it was obviously broken for a period of time; how they started hiring curators; how the partner program policies changed and changed, and how the main payout stat changed from claps to reading time.
I witnessed people successfully building an entire writing career on this platform from scratch (from the moment they first introduced themselves and sharing their links on Facebook groups).
It was a pretty bumpy, wild ride.
I was still happily on it though. When I was fresh out of uni 7 years ago, I was just starting to write online, and I wouldn’t have even dreamt of my blog posts getting millions of views, and ended up being a part of multiple popular Tweets. I wouldn’t have dreamt of making any money off of them. I wouldn’t even realize that I can be a full-time blogger, maybe. Medium made that possible.
I am still not a full-time blogger, but thank you, Medium.
Why clapping and unclapping may matter again starting 1 AUG 2023
Medium wrote a big chunky post on how they are changing the Medium Partner Program…