Medium for iOS

Everyone’s stories and ideas. Anywhere, anytime

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The internet has conflated being a writer (or any kind of creator) and being a distributor. There are good reasons that has happened, but historically it's actually quite an anomaly. Part of our core thesis at Medium is that the status quo isn't quite the right balance.
We've all been waiting for this. I've been fortunate enough to play w/ an early version. I love the stumbleupon-like navigation.
I might be the odd one out here, but I just don't "get" Medium. Not only is the design very bland and unexciting (oh, look, everyone gets the same layout!), there's no custom domains or branding and all content that users write belongs to the Medium platform once it's published (i.e you no longer own the rights). It doesn't make any sense - what happened to the self-publishing blogging world, where there were unique designs and layouts that caused the reader to be delighted/inspired? I hope that this trend isn't here to stay. I'm tired of seeing different words on the same page layout. Has the internet given up on creating unique experiences? Will we see "big" self-published types appear out of Medium? Edit: I was wrong about not owning content - thanks to the medium folks for clearing this up
@anildash has a fantastic essay on Medium titled, "What Medium Is." As quoted in the piece @ev admits (via tweet, naturally), "I like confusing people." Medium has so many similarities to Twitter in that people didn't get it in the beginning. I could go on and on of why I love Medium but I'd prefer to hear from others first.
Owen, nothing happened to self publishing, we just think it's not the right tool for everyone and that there's a lot of value we can add by (1) making everyone's content look good and simple and (2) building a network rather than forcing writers to also be their own distributors. We agree we need more variety in the way content looks. We're working on it now, while still keeping everything beautiful. It's not going to be right for everyone -- if you want fully customized design that's an option you have in a lot of places, part of our bet is that a lot of people don't actually want to deal with that. Btw we don't own any content you post on Medium, you do. That's not special, by the way. There would be few legal decisions more risky than companies claiming ownership over ugc.