I love your idea of clapping as you go along and read something you like. I’m going to borrow that!
It does only work if you’re using the Medium app on your phone which is also better at awarding 50 claps in one hit. If in the browser on my phone (which is where Facebook links take me) or on my laptop 50 claps takes longer. My phone browser also freezes whilst clapping which is a pain. But if an article takes me through to the end in a satisfying way, I do try and clap 50. Nice article!