Since the internet first appeared just two decades ago, some things haven’t evolved as much as we would have expected.
Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, seeing that the internet has more potential that is yet unexplored, have launched a new publishing platform called Medium.
“Lots of services have successfully lowered the bar for sharing information, but there’s been less progress toward raising the quality of what’s produced” say the co-founders, “While it’s great that you can be a one-person media company, it’d be even better if there were more ways you could work with others. And in many ways, the web is still mimicking print concepts, while not even catching up to it in terms of layout, design, and clarity of experience.
“We haven’t even scratched the surface of what our smart devices and our networks that connect most of the planet might enable.
“Posting on Medium (not yet open to everyone) is elegant and easy, and you can do so without the burden of becoming a blogger or worrying about developing an audience. All posts are organized into ‘collections’, which are defined by a theme and a template.
“Our philosophy is that quality begets quality, so we will grow Medium smartly, ensuring that our platform is valuable to everyone in this increasingly mobile, connected, and noisy world.”
To join Medium you must have a Twitter account and allow Medium to update your profile and post Tweets for you.
GalleyCat has compiled all the information you need to know about Medium:
1. Follow this link to sign up–you will need a Twitter account.
2. You can read posts, but you can’t create new posts yet. Here’s more: “Posting is limited to a small invited list of friends and family, which we’ll be expanding rapidly—soon, to those who have registered, so if you are interested please do so.”
3. Explore The Writer’s Room, a collection created by journalist and author Steven Johnson to share “Tools And Strategies For A Writing Life.”
4. Twitter co-creator Biz Stone created a collection writing about different projects that his company has helped support.
5. Follow Medium on Twitter to watch the network evolve.
Meanwhile, here are a few Medium collections you can check out:
Follow @medium on Twitter for more updates and reply there with your feedback.