Have read about and now just signed up for @medium.
If you're not familiar yet, you might be very soon.
A new social publishing tool "brought to you by" - well it's Obvious. :)
While poking around a bit in the semi-launched service I was immediately inspired by the user experience, simplicity and beauty of both.
The name medium - is about seeking a niche between the 140 character world of twitter or the quick Facebook post space --- and the personal branding of full-time long-form blogging.
Am interested to learn more how the positive feedback will work.
If I understand it, a reader/viewer can provide positive feedback to a post that is within a particular "collection". The more positive feedback a post gets, the higher that it will rise and therefore - be more prominently displayed/presented on the screen(page). Makes sense.
The collections will be interesting too. Here are some details as @medium describes:
"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.
Collections are sometimes closed (like this one) but optionally open to contributions. For example, here’s an open collection of crazy stories. Here’s one of nostalgic photos.
Collections give people context and structure to publish their own stories, photos, and ideas. By default, the highest-rated posts show up at the top, helping people get the most out of their time in this world of infinite information.
Together, the contributions of many add up to create compelling and useful experiences. You may be inspired to post one time or several times a day—either way is okay. If you’re more ambitious, you might create a collection of your own.
Can't help to read between the lines that they have big far-reaching plans based on what they've learned.
Check it out
And if @medium would like to include me in their beta-testing friends & family plan. I'm interested.