These sentiments about Medium posts seem to be mirrored by the entire DN community
... and HN community... and Twitter ...and anybody that hates lame ass PR and blog spam
What I Learned From Reading Lame PR and Blog Spam
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I work as a news reporter... trust me... there's press releases... and there's lame PR crap... as "Hey, we made our menu blue, check our product out" ... and if you don't... they put it on Medium or their own blog disguised as UI research or some long-winded text fart.
The difference with the HN community though is they don't just discount something purely because it's on Medium, they qualify something based its content. On DN, it's immediately disregarded for no other reason than it's on Medium, which I think kinda falls on the people sharing the terrible Medium links here, rather than the site it's coming from.
Nice words! That is one of the reason we created Author Mac app - to make the simple publishing to the web more independent.
Feels like a behance comment.
This is the best not medium article I have read.
Funny thing is, after reading this article, I was searching for that post about Trump on Medium, because he only included Twitter and WordPress links.
Twitter, WordPress, Facebook, Blogspot are all blocked in China, Medium is not.
that is an interesting argument though, I didn't know that. Though it is probably a question of time, until medium gets blocked too.
For anyone interested in a more generalized and in-depth take on this topic, I cannot more highly recommend this article by the father of Iran's blogosphere.
He was imprisoned for some time during the explosion of social media and came out to see an Internet that was less connected than before he was arrested. A large portion of what we know as "the Internet" is actually just a set of gigantic intranets.
Ironically, it was originally posted on Medium...
Ironic that a post about not posting on Medium is then published on Medium by the author.
I often have thought about the downsides of services that suggest content to you. How is bias built and designed out of the suggestion mechanism? These are some valid concerns that are touched on in this article.
However, there seems to be a lot of backlash for content that is posted on Medium. I would rather discern the quality of a post by it's content, not the platform it's written one. I don't care where it's written, I just want to read it.
I also take issue with the specific suggestion that Tumblr is a better platform to write one. When building my latest blog, I wanted to ensure that all my content was in Markdown so it could be moved easily. I also wanted to ensure that if I used a platform, I could download all my posts in this format. Unfortunately, Tumblr doesn't let you download your post data. Medium, in fact, does. I decided to go down the Jekyll route because all my posts can be pulled down in Markdown format from an open GitHub repo.
I personally agree with everything there. But I also ask myself, if that is the natural flow of tools in tech nowadays.
Something shiny comes along - the cool people get on it - they tell everyone why it is so much better then the thing before - then more people get on it - now the thing needs to monetize, so it adds algorithms, ads, product placement, premium services, subscriptions, you name it - even more people get on it - the cool people leave it - they tell everyone why it is so horrible - the rest follows along - the once shiny thing gets acquired and you never hear from it again.