HOW TO GET IGNORED BY A BILLION DOLLAR COMPANY:

Hey, Medium. Could You Do Me A Favour?

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“Why do two of my articles — that take me about the exact same time to read — show up with two completely different read-times on Medium?”

I found my answer surprisingly late, when I realized that Medium based its read-time estimates on the average adult’s reading rate of about 250 words per minute. For the longest time, I didn’t see an issue with that.

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You see those …’s? That’s 190,000 letters, or a solid three hours worth of reading. But, since it’s just one word, that’s a one minute read. Clearly not! Imagine how disrespected that word must feel.

I write about things every week(ish).