Medium

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Medium is an article hosting silo.

Features

Medium provides the following features:

POSSE

It is possible to automatically (via IFTTT) and manually POSSE articles to Medium.

Automatic POSSE

From: https://medium.com/@saul/creating-medium-stories-via-rss-c2ac93d08288

  • Create and sign into your Medium and IFTTT accounts
  • Make sure you have a valid RSS (or possibly Atom per IFTTT's feed channel which allows it) feed containing accepted markup.
  • Go to the Medium Channel on IFTTT, click Connect.
  • Go to the RSS-to-Medium recipe and click the gray Advanced Settings link underneath the blue Add button.
  • Put your feed URL into field "Paste a Feed URL here".
  • Click Add button

Updates occur every 15 minutes

Manual POSSE

  1. Publish on your own site. Copy the permanent link's URL.
  2. Click on your avatar in the top right corner.
  3. Click on Import story.
  4. Paste in the URL.
  5. Edit the post on Medium if it took in a footer or put content in the wrong place (a header into the Medium title, for example).

Medium will automatically add an “Originally published at” note to the bottom of the post. It will also add a rel="canonical" link to the page pointing to your original post, making it so parsers know to get the post from your website when they are looking for the canonical version.

WordPress Plugin

(this should be a separate page, along with the Category link)

Medium has released a plugin for WordPress that will syndicate a post on your self-hosted blog, to Medium, when publishing. It does not update the version on Medium if you make changes on your blog.

Request entered on the plugin support page to include rel="syndication" and "class="u-syndication" on the link added on your self-hosted post back to Medium.

One benefit of doing automatic POSSE via this plugin (or via other means with the API) is that Medium will add a rel="canonical" tag pointing back to the original post. This can be useful for web crawlers and SEO purposes. Related article on Medium: SEO and Duplicate Content

IndieWeb Examples

Jeremy Keith

Jeremy Keith is using Medium's API to automatically post copies of articles to Medium: Syndicating to Medium.

Shane Becker

Shane Becker is manually POSSEing his articles to Medium since at least 2013-08-08 (maybe longer) e.g.:

Kevin Marks

Kevin Marks is manually POSSEing his articles to Medium since 2014-04-21, e.g.:

Eric Meyer

Eric Meyer manually POSSE’d a blogpost to Medium on 2015-07-29:

He described his problems with the process in a follow up post that was first published on Medium and then manually PESOSed back to his own blog, 2015-07-30:

David Mead

David Mead used the WP plugin to POSSE a blogpost to Medium on 2016-01-24:

Other Examples

Examples from more people with independent sites:

Peter Gasston

Peter Gasston started “experimenting with x-posting to Medium” on 2015-08-07:

POSSEing likes

If you post a like of a Medium article, what is the best way to POSSE that like to Medium?

Exporting your data

Official Export

Official documentation. Export format is HTML of some kind (If you have done it, please expand with details!)

  • go to https://medium.com/me/export
  • click the export button
  • wait for an email
  • click the link to download a .zip file full of HTML documents
  • these have a footer appended linking to the medium url that has the date exported
  • they break embedded tweets and youtube videos,
  • they replace external links with a redirect to a /r/?url= link that obviously doesn't work locally or on a server without you adding code

Medium-to-Markdown

Python script to output a Markdown version of a Medium post: https://github.com/markbiek/Medium-To-Markdown (If you have experience using this, please make notes here.)

API is write-only

Issues

buggy rel-canonical implementation

If you set the rel-canonical for a post on Medium using their API, it both fails to do so correctly, and then resets (via JS?) the rel=canonical link to a medium.com URL, not what you set it to.

Downtime

Nagware

Since at least 2017-08-19 Medium started showing a modal popup when viewing an article after you have read some number of articles that month. The dialog tells you how many Medium posts you've read to guilt you into signing up. (current limit is 3)

Nagware modal 2018-05-29

Note the now 3 (used to be 14) articles per month limit since at least 2018-05-29, likely earlier.

Medium Nagware screenshot showing a modal obscuring the article saying you have read 3 articles and must now sign-up

From tweet: https://twitter.com/geddski/status/1001590716265512961 since at least 2018-05-29
"2017: maybe I should just use medium instead of my own custom blog?

2018: whew"
@geddski May 29, 2018

Nagware modal 2017-08-19

Note the 14 articles per month limit since at least 2017-08-19, perhaps earlier. medium-modal-dialog.png

Criticism

TO DO: cluster these by primary area of criticism and add subheads!

Walled Garden / Content Farm

Promoting App over Web

Lightweight Marketing Articles

More of a criticism of *reading* Medium (e.g. clicking links through to Medium posts)

  • https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=13570227:
    The articles on medium.com seem to be lightweight, designed for marketing purposes. All carbs, no protein.
    Lately it seems they are very much marketing pieces
    • more criticisms there that could be extracted and quoted like bad TOR UX, 'they do signal "low-quality"' / "not enough real world depth of experience behind them", iOS app crashes "using an iphone 4s with ios8 and medium crashes"

Other

Articles

See Also