I think it’s a bit different, as you spend more time in articles and (hopefully) reading them in full, then clapping. But as long as you’re just scrolling through the standard feed and clapping, yeah, it’s similar. I like the new Members home page for that reason as well. It’s less feed-like, more like a puzzle with pieces I can take a look at, or not. But you can’t clap there without opening the article first.
Anyhow, interesting thought and thank you for the compliment!