I promote a lot on Twitter and Facebook using friends links. I have a large fan base on both platforms, which I would never have developed if friends links didn’t exist. I’ve noticed that as time goes by, quite a few of those fans have become Medium members and clap and engage with my stories right on Medium.

One reason why is that I link to other Medium stories in my articles, and I encourage readers to browse my personal publication.

From my perspective, sharing friends links has helped me financially, and has helped Medium gain new paying members.

Writer. Runner. Marine. Airman. Former LGBTQ and HIV activist. Former ActUpNY and Queer Nation. Polyglot. Middle-aged, uppity faggot. jamesfinnwrites@gmail.com