I’ve discovered a great new blogging environment called Medium. Straight from medium.com the description of the site is simple;
“Medium is a new place on the Internet where people share ideas and stories that are longer than 140 characters and not just for friends.”
The description goes on to point out why this site is different and how it focuses more on writing and collaborating than being limited to friends, likes, or maximum characters found in other social networking apps. Below I outline my thought and review the new site for sharing thoughts and ideas.
Upon my first visit I thought the site was just a copy of similar apps out there with originality. Once I started digging into the content I realized how amazing it all really was. Medium lets you focus on your words. It’s focus is all about content. There are accompanying images to aid in the portal of each post’s message but overall the difference is that there are no limitations, no annoying sidebars, no silly plugins. In fact, there’s nothing to set up at all.
I logged in via Twitter and my profile was automatically setup. For the first time I didn’t need to add a single character to my profile to customize it which I thought was very user intuitive.
Web Based Editor
Medium has one of the best web based editors I have ever seen. It’s so minimal and so compelling that anyone could make sense of it. There’s absolutely no clutter to deal with which allows for content to pour out and allow you to write the way you want to write.
Exploring what people are writing about is a breeze. There’s no need for searching. Pre-defined collections have been put together for all types of topics. An example I landed on and am now following lies within https://medium.com/design-ux. Being a designer and witnessing other designers thought processes and experiences helps me grow to a new level.
Have you ever read an article or blog post and wanted to comment on a particular section and not the whole article itself? With Medium this is now possible. Next to each paragraph is a button to leave a note to the author of each post. Anyone with an account can offer their opinion and thoughts on a single excerpt of content. Never before have I seen this and I think this is my favorite feature.
Another nifty features is the display of the time it takes to read a post. If you look next to the collection you are in and above the title of the post you will find the time it takes on average to read the content displayed below. Very cool!
If you’re a writer/blogger/ a whatever, Medium is the website for you. Medium offers a completely usable interface that focuses on words and the capability of sharing them faster and easier than ever before. Check it out now at http://medium.com
Andy Leverenz – has written 64 posts on this site.
Andy is a designer and developer from Saint Louis, Missouri. He enjoys designing both usable and scaleable interactive based experiences. Whenever he’s not designing, Andy enjoys being active with weight training and the great outdoors. Follow him on Twitter @justalever