Yay! I really like this, and I’m excited for it to roll out to me.
Not only is it a more satisfying interaction — it’s a more emotional one that makes Medium feel less aloof. This isn’t an aloof community at its heart: it’s a vibrant gathering of people sharing ideas that matter with each other. That’s an inherently emotional, human thing. The more that shows through the UI (without getting in the way of the ideas themselves), the better.