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Removing spam accounts, and what that means for you

The relationship between readers and writers is at the heart of Medium. With that in mind, we want to ensure that your follower and following counts only reflect quality users. As part of our ongoing work to provide the best possible user experience, we’ll be removing spam accounts from your follower and following counts across Medium starting today.

What Does This Mean For Writers and Publications?

You may see a change in your follower and following counts. However you’ll gain a more accurate sense of your audience size now that follower counts only contain authentic, quality users. …


Check out the new tag pages

Recently we’ve launched some updates to the tag pages on the web to improve discovery.

Tags are keywords and keyword phrases that are added to stories by the writer to improve story discovery and categorization. A writer can add up to five tags per story.

tags in the post editor
tags in the post editor
Tags in the post editor

These tags appear at the bottom of a post, and readers can click these tags to see all similarly-tagged stories on Medium.


I’m happy to announce that Mariam Naficy will be joining Medium’s board of directors for an 18-month appointment.

Mariam brings a wealth of company-building experience, having started the first major online retailer of cosmetics (eve.com) back in 1998, and having founded Minted in 2008, where she is still CEO. She has also served on the boards of Yelp and Polyvore and is currently on the board of the non-profit Every Mother Counts.

I’ve known Mariam for the last few years and have grown to highly respect her creativity, insight, and leadership. It was while talking to her about what she’s…


See more of what you like and less of what you don’t

Medium’s recommendation system creates personalized stories tailored for you by observing your interactions such as reads and follows. Today, we are introducing a way for you to control your recommendations, where you can review and customize your interests, manage whom you are muting, peruse through your reading history removing specific stories or start afresh by clearing the history altogether.

You’ll notice control your recommendations in the user drop down menu, clicking that takes you to the main landing page.

There are three main sections to interact with: following, reading history and mute.


Today, Medium announced the acquisition of Glose, a social digital book platform based in Paris, France. Founded in 2014, Glose reaches more than one million readers in 200 countries. Boasting a wide range of fiction and nonfiction, Glose carries ebooks and audiobooks from all major publishers, including Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Macmillan, Hachette, and Simon & Schuster.

Medium supports a wide range of publishing, from short blog posts to in-depth investigative journalism, and everything in between. With the integration of Glose, Medium will have more than 1.5 million books available within its vibrant ecosystem. …


Changes to the Medium distribution standards

Here at Medium, we’re creating a new model for digital publishing — one that’s based on story value, not ad value, and that’s predicated on the relationship between writer and reader. In ad-based publishing, the goal is to get readers to click and stay regardless of quality. That has led to the proliferation of something we’re all familiar with: clickbait. Clickbait works great in a system that’s designed to engage as many eyeballs as possible. That’s not our system.

On Medium, we believe you should stay for the story, the writer, the nuance, and the substance. This is how deeper…


Medium is becoming more relational in order to give writers more freedom and agency over building and maintaining relationships with their audience. Our goal is to create the best of both worlds: An open and simple platform where anyone can publish — once, occasionally, or often — that also allows for deeper connections between readers and writers. We want to simplify the publishing process. Today we made the following changes:

  1. Every post published on Medium is eligible for further distribution. Writers no longer need to submit their stories for curation review.
  2. Only writers enrolled in the Medium Partner Program will…


Helping you build stronger connections with the writers and publications you love

For millions of people, Medium’s mobile app is their window to discover and read stories from writers they trust and subject-matter experts across a wide variety of topics. Our app was originally designed around an infinite feed of stories, which makes it simple to scan headlines and tap one that captures your attention or piques your interest. Every story you read is input into an algorithm to help recommend stories you might want to read next. …


We appreciate the feedback about the language in our updated Terms of Service that focuses on your content rights. We first responded by preparing a short blog post explaining the updates.

We’ve now edited the Terms of Service to more clearly reflect what we said in that post.

Here’s the passage we’ve updated:

Rights and Ownership

You retain your rights to any content you submit, post or display on or through the Services.

Unless otherwise agreed in writing, by submitting, posting, or displaying content on or through the Services, you grant Medium a nonexclusive, royalty-free, worldwide, fully paid, and sublicensable…


**Edit 8/19/20: We have updated the language in the terms for more clarification. You can read more here:

You may have noticed a banner across all of Medium notifying you of our upcoming new Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. We’ve received some questions about the updates, so we’d like to give you more context and information about them.

While some of the language in these policies has changed, Medium’s fundamental beliefs (and behaviors) have not. Here’s the deal:

  • You own all the content you post on Medium, and we make no claims to it, nor will we ever in…

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