Medium is using an applause meter to calculate authors’ pay

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Earlier this month, Medium added a Clap button to articles on its blogging platform that you could click as many times as you like to applaud a piece. It’s now counting those claps to figure out how much authors should earn for their work. Who knew back in January that this is what CEO Ev Williams had in mind when he talked about writers getting paid through Medium? As part of a new Partner program, Medium will divide up readers’ $5 monthly subscription fee by the number of claps they’ve handed out across articles on the site; that determines how…

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