It's starting to get to Juicero levels of absurdity.
I made a small CMS at work that started to gain steam. 2 years of me using it and no issues, but then I turned it over to the marketing team and they crashed the VM it ran on in 2 days. I have no idea how, it’s just a bunch of text boxes and a SQL DB.
That’s what medium is trying to build. A text box that marketing people can’t fuck up. It’s just sad that technical skills are so low in society that it takes $130mil to do that.
You have little idea what you are talking about for somebody so dismissive.
If you need another example, look at https://dev.to/ for a fantastic blog UX, and it's open-source so Medium can just copy it for free and end up with a better product.
While WordPress still dominates large areas of the web, they have a decentralized model vs medium. It's like comparing scaling web forums to reddit ("why do they have so many outages? All they do is store text!"), but reddit obviously has a way higher load than any single forum. I'd wager the same is true for medium.
To continue on with the metaphor, medium, like reddit, is solving a different problem than the wordpress/squarespace model: you don't have to roll your own. You get a built in audience due to centralization and the cache of the site (For some reason I associate a medium link as being more legit than seeing a WordPress hosting site. Strange, but better branding I guess.)
Scale is differently, but again there are plenty of sites with far more complex usage and data that took much less to create and run. Stackoverflow being that example.
Contributor-driven content is why Forbes.com, Inc.com, etc are unreadable. It's all puff pieces for some startup, unoriginal life-hacking advice and entreporn.
“The publication is packed full of advertisements, some of which are clearly labeled as such.”
Just look at Sitepoint, Digitalpoint, virtually every web development and marketing subreddit, Warrior Forum, etc.
That's what killed Medium. Everyone started promoting it as a get rich quick scheme/easy way to market your work, so the spammers, marketers and morons came in.
The only way to avoid this issue is to heavily moderate the platform with a zero fluff/spam tolerance rule, and to boot out anyone trying to game the system.
It's pretty much why I stopped posting my work to said publications, since I realised their quality was falling so much that sites like Hacker News and Reddit had banned the publication's domain.
That said, there are decent writers there. You just have to really know where to look, since the front page/newsletters/archives are a bloody smorgsaboard of reprinted mass media articles and pointless puff pieces from social media influencers.
I definitely saw some interesting pieces of UX design and usability there, and obviously the latest Silicon Valley controversy will probably first come to light there too. So meaningful stuff exists, it's just heavily buried under tides of crap.
For the topics that I am interested in (Data science, ML, Cloud, Programming etc) very close to 0% of the quality authors write to make a few pennies of the articles. They do it to enhance their own personal brand or as content marketing for the companies they work for. For this reason the premium article star marker works as a filter for things I am not willing click and invest time in reading since they are rarely written by experts with actual experience in the topics that I am interested in.
So when they skew their recommendation algorithm so hard towards the premium content it is just not worth it anymore and I never click around on the Medium.com website anymore. 90%+ of my clicks to articles comes from Twitter. I wish they built their business model to charge for features and not content since the path they are on is not going to work out. It is reducing the incentive for quality authors to publish on Medium since the exposure they will get through the recommendation algorithm is being smaller and smaller. Most people don't publish on Medium because it is difficult or expensive to run a wordpress blog. They do it because of it is a good way to find new readers of your content.
His use was to avoid tainting the Amazon or WaPo brands with his personal drama. Medium seems like a neutral, "throwaway" place to publish that letter.
Copyright is something I haven't taken the time to fully understand.
Likewise, Section 230 acts as a "shield" to protect the platforms from copyright liability for content posted by their users.
This is good. It allows platforms like Facebook, Reddit, Medium, and even Hacker News to exist without needing to constantly police everything being said on their platform. It allows users of those platforms to have free and open discussion.
You've probably heard about "Article 13" and the "upload filter" in the European Union. Article 13 takes away the European equivalent of Section 230's "shield" that protects online platforms from copyright liability.
And the United States has been slowly chipping away at Section 230's protections as well. Last year Trump signed "FOSTA" (sometimes called "SESTA") which "creates liability for third-party content on websites “that unlawfully promote or facilitate prostitution." I would encourage you to read why this legislation is a problem for anyone who enjoys the open internet as we currently know it.
I'm also not sure who's paying who for this. Do the writers get paid for Medium? How? Is Twitter paying for this or does it come out of Medium's promotion budget?
There is no "free." Someone is paying for this.
> It doesn't affect compensation—assuming you mean for Partner Program. That's determined by readership from paying members, which will still be counted (assuming they're logged in).
Ev also said that they'll watch to see if this change negatively impacts paid subscriptions.
> On February 22, 2019, Twitter, Inc. (“Twitter”) announced that Evan Williams has decided to step down as a member of its board of directors (the “Board”), effective at the end of the month. Mr. Williams said in a statement, “It’s been an incredible 13 years, and I’m proud of what Twitter has accomplished during my time with the company. I will continue rooting for the team as I focus my time on other projects.”
(from the SEC filing: https://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1418091/000119312519...)
Example (this is usually paywalled): https://t.co/EkfcBtSUdo
I imagine that most causal desktop users would rather install an extension in seconds than take the time to enter their payment information for an easily-bypassed paywall.
My understanding is that if you do hit the paywall you can just open the article in an incognito window. Is this not the case, such that a twitter workaround would now be necessary?