What’s Around the Corner for Medium

Upcoming features and a status update

We’ve had a busy summer.

A cleaner user experience

It is free to publish on Medium, your content is always yours, and we will host it for free, indefinitely. This applies whether or not you choose to make money by putting your articles behind the Medium paywall or make them completely free.

Improved distribution and discovery

Medium’s most important job is to connect readers with the stories they most care about and the flip side — helping writers find and grow their audience. The big change we announced with our new mobile app is that we are going to be putting more emphasis on following people and publications, over the algorithmic feed. That change will be coming to the web, as well.

Newsletters

Another work-in-progress is newsletters. We shipped v1 for publications in June, which was a replacement for the previous Letters feature, which let you email followers of your pub. And last week we shipped an improved newsletter editor.

Custom Domains

Speaking of portability, it’s always been possible to get an export of all your posts and other data in Medium. And by default, all Medium publications and profiles have RSS feeds (e.g., blog.medium.com/feed) — full text, except for metered/paywall stories.

Better Profiles

Lastly (for now): As mentioned previously, we are bringing much more customization options to Medium publications. Medium is about to look more colorful, expressive, and differentiated. What we didn’t mention before is that these options are also coming to Medium profiles.

The bigger picture

Medium has become a platform where millions of people turn to share perspectives and stories, including professional journalists, political leaders, experts, and individuals from all types of backgrounds. It is perhaps the only place where someone with no industry connections, no investment, no social followers, and no technical or marketing expertise can show up and offer a story or idea to the world that finds an audience of thousands or even millions of people. We’ve seen it happen many times. And, increasingly, Medium is the place where writers and experts in their field can share their knowledge regularly, build an audience, and — if they choose — get paid for it.

CEO of Medium, partner at Obvious Ventures, co-founder of Twitter, curious consumer of ideas