The Verge: The Mess At Medium

The Verge: The Mess At Medium. “Medium entered the year with more than 700,000 paid subscriptions, putting it on track for more than $35 million in revenue, according to two people familiar with the matter. That’s a healthy sum for a media company. But it represents a weak outcome for Williams, who previously sold Blogger to Google and co-founded Twitter, which eventually went public and today has a market capitalization of more than $50 billion.”

TechCrunch: Looks like Medium is testing a way to save articles across the web

TechCrunch: Looks like Medium is testing a way to save articles across the web. “Medium seems to be building a tool to save and reformat online articles for future reading. That’s according to Jane Manchun Wong, a reliable source of scoops on unreleased features. Wong said she spotted this one by reverse engineering Medium’s Android app and monitoring network traffic.” That’s it, Jane Wong’s getting a tag on ResearchBuzz Firehose, and I should have done it ages ago.

TechCrunch: Medium lowers its paywall for Twitter users

TechCrunch: Medium lowers its paywall for Twitter users . “On Wednesday, Medium CEO and Twitter co-founder Ev Williams announced that Medium is tearing down its paywall for readers that visit the site through Twitter. In tweets, Williams elaborated a bit on the company’s thinking, explaining that the decision wouldn’t affect Medium members who rely on paid readerships, as paid readers would still be counted like they were before.”

New York Times: Why Jeff Bezos Went to Medium With His Message

New York Times: Why Jeff Bezos Went to Medium With His Message. “Medium, the online open platform and publisher, is one bloglike platform that has persisted and innovated in the social media era. With 90 million unique monthly visitors, it has maintained relevance as a destination for open letters, petitions and personal essays. But it scarcely sparks such frenetic reactions as it did Thursday night.”

Nieman Lab: Medium abruptly cancels the membership programs of its 21 remaining subscription publisher partners

Nieman Lab: Medium abruptly cancels the membership programs of its 21 remaining subscription publisher partners. “Medium has informed publishers using its platform to offer paid memberships that it’s ending that feature. An email at the end of last month from Medium’s head of partnerships Basil Enan told publishers that the company was planning to discontinue memberships in May.”

Medium: Medium + Unsplash

Medium: Medium + Unsplash. “Today is an exciting day for storytellers. The 400,000+ high-resolution photos on Unsplash are now available in Medium. If you’re writing a story on Medium and you want to add a photo, simply click the search icon and select the photo you want.”

TechCrunch: Medium now lets anyone publish behind its paywall

TechCrunch: Medium now lets anyone publish behind its paywall. “Medium is expanding its subscription efforts today by allowing any author or publisher to join its partner program. That’s the program where readers can pay a monthly fee (currently $5) to access content behind a metered paywall (plus, they get early access to new features). The writers who participate will then get a share of the revenue, based on what CEO Ev Williams (pictured above) said is an evolving formula that includes things like how long people spent reading an article, as well as claps, where readers can explicitly show how much they liked it.”