Telling stories has become a large part of our lives. Thankfully, technology has made it easier not just to tell our story, but to share it with as many people as possible. Evan Williams and Biz Stone, the co-founders have Twitter, are introducing a preview of ‘Medium’, a publishing platform they say will be easy for people but at the same time, elevate the quality of the content.
Here are some comments from Williams about it:
Medium is designed to allow people to choose the level of contribution they prefer. We know that most people, most of the time, will simply read and view content, which is fine. If they choose, they can click to indicate whether they think something is good, giving feedback to the creator and increasing the likelihood others will see it.
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. (For example, this post is in the About Medium collection with a simple article template.)
We believe that good design supports the purpose (not just the appeal) of content, so Medium is diverse in look and feel—ranging from different types of articles to images to, eventually, much more.
You can sign up for Medium using your Twitter credentials, but it is not available to the public just yet. However, you can get a feel for how the service will work. They have four “collections” that are being used right now:
The question of whether yet another publishing platform will be successful, remains to be seen.
It certainly looks great in terms of the design and it appears as though it will be easy to use.
What do you guys/gals think?
Are you going to try it out or do you have enough outlets?