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Is Medium aiming to be the Facebook of long-form writing?

Stowe Boyd has some serious questions about the future of Medium:

And what about Medium? Are we better off because of Medium’s mechanisms to suggest to us what to read, or would we be better off with thousands of independent curators and publishers, or the basic social affordance of following the best writers, directly?

My fear is that Medium will fall pray to the lowest common denominator attention merchants in the same way every other centralising platform does.

And that would be a shame.


Medium: a post-advertising business?

Interesting summation of Medium’s current business philosphy from Ev Williams:

If remuneration is not part of the equation for why you publish, I can’t imagine a stand-alone web site serving you better than Medium in terms of cost, simplicity, and, most importantly, reaching an audience.

If remuneration is part of your equation, you’re also in the right place, as long as you’re not looking to build an advertising-funded site.

(Worth noting: this was in response to a post listing all the publications that have quit Medium.)