Ha -- don't let that ol' comparison devil drag you down. I bet this article made even more than $6.59 based on people's responses. You clearly hit a chord that resonated with many, many people.

I'm not sure if anyone else explained in the comments, but 'chosen for further distribution' means that your article was Curated. I'm sure someone else can explain it better if you Google 'what is curated on Medium?' or similar.