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Medium and the rise of quality content creation

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Twitter Co-Founder Evan Williams has an ambitious new plan: to shift our daily reading habits away from consuming incremental news bites and towards engaging with enlightened ideas curated by an intelligent algorithm. 


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Therese Torris's insight:

Laudable proclaimed ambition, indeed. But I'm not too sure Medium isn't some kind of Buzzfeed or Upworthy for intellectuals, though. Need to see how the "intelligent algorithm" differs from ranking by buzz value.

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Medium's founder Discusses the unique traits of its curation/publishing tool

Medium's founder Discusses the unique traits of its curation/publishing tool | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it

Therese's summary: Ev Williams, serial entrepreneur (Blogger, Twitter) claims that what makes Medium unique is [my words]

- it's collaborative

- direct editing mode (you don' t press a publish button, you're always in editing mode)

- it's about storytelling, not superficial rehash

 

Certainly worth checking !

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Medium wants to create attention for quality, longform journalism [MUST READ]

Medium wants to create attention for quality, longform  journalism [MUST READ] | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it

TechCrunch: [...] the Web has succeeded in lowering the cost of content distribution, it’s created a flood of new content and information. The new economic model around publishing today incentivizes and rewards frequency, volume and keeping costs low when it comes to content creation, which, in turn, disincentivizes investment in a particular piece of content — and long-form content. It prioritizes lower quality content and burying higher quality content.

[...] Medium, Williams [Medium's founder and CEO] says, is focused on understanding whether or not people have read the content, whether they read all the way to the end, whether they engaged, shared and commented — whether they actually got something from that content. “We’ve done speed and quick release in publishing, now let’s focus on the other things,” he told the crowd.

[....] It would be great to get back to a system in which accuracy matters, and maybe it’s naive to think that quality can (and will) get more attention, he says, but it’s possible to use the network and great design to build a system that creates a better product — and thus creates more attention...

 

Photo Ev Williams

Therese Torris's insight:

What a challenge. Will be interesting to watch how Medium develops.

Medium's tagline: Sharing ideas and experiences moves humanity forward.

Direct links:

https://medium.com/

https://medium.com/about/9e53ca408c48

 

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Twitter Co-Founders’ New Site, Medium, Will Open to Public in New Year

Twitter Co-Founders’ New Site, Medium, Will Open to Public in New Year | Content Curation Tools For Brands | Scoop.it

Therese's comment: Medium's founder claim they want a longform and quality content, but at the same time will "use basic Web algorithms that push popular stories up the content pile, [...], much in the way Google works. So highest-rated posts will appear at the top of the Web page, while the rest tile down."

 

Question: Isn't it exactly what everybody else is doing? We'll have to wait and see what truly differenciates Medium from other social publishing media.

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