#Medium now fully completed their paywalling efforts. The public page's now completely inaccessible without logging in.
The ability to search for new #content written by independent creators? Gone! The goal's to usurp content created by others free of charge to make you pay the centralized platform to access it.
@mareklach Oh crap. Well, what to expect from them...
By the way, direct links to articles still seem to work, but of course discoverability is lost.
Sort of yeah. But you are not in your own space... (I am a true self-hosting advocate and don't really understand people who say co-hosting is cool : I don't see what you can hack and do.) Plus I really like static websites as its KISS.
Each has downsides.
@mareklach Thanks for this alert, somewhat concerning. I never wrote anything on Medium, just mirrored it there, but it's good to know nonetheless.
@mareklach So it looks like you can still access the articles directly. Or at least I could read mine in an incognito browser. You mean that the front page has gone away?
Looking at waybackmachine... This made me laugh, from 1997:
@bkam You could if you know a specific user profile already. But from a perspective of a random visitor coming to the site, they will not have the tools to discover your content unless they register and sign in. This will greatly limit the amount of reach and interaction that a piece of content will get.
It was the widely discoverable aspect of it that made a lot of people prefer Medium, over Wordpress for example.
@bkam They do... Those that aren’t locked under a paywall at least ;-)
@bkam Thinking about it some more, the selection of topics a new user has to pre-select as their interests just seems to be completely random to me, and a ton of tags are not even available to be selected as possible interests.... weird...
@mareklach Yes I found pre-selecting topics a strange way round. I'd expect to follow creators/publications of content that I discovered and liked, rather than pre-populating with topics
@madeindjs Absolutely! They missuse and exploit the community aspect of it that was the biggest selling point for creators to publish there instead of somewhere else.
@mareklach Medium sucks since they went to “let’s grind money” mode (~3 years ago). Hopefully we can still reach medium.com/topics (but who does) and the login wall is just on the front page, but it still sucks.
Actually Medium doing this is probably good for Fediverse.
@mareklach I have never understood the appeal of Medium at all. It’s godforsaken bloat. Why bother?
@mareklach Ahahaha, good riddance. Medium is cancer.
Oh good. Maybe people will stop linking to it now.
@mareklach I can't but think that this will backfire badly.
But yeah, burn it with fire.
@mareklach I don't even understand what's the point of writing on Medium now
@mareklach ugh I didn't realize this was happening, but I guess it's not wholly unexpected. Time to move my writing off it, then... Hoping Plume will fit my needs. ^_^
Thanks for the heads-up and info! 💜
@mareklach Ugh. I published things on Medium sometimes because it was something I wanted to make public but not necessarily to have lead into my two decades of personal blogging.
The thing that was great about Medium (at least at first) was that it allowed you to create a very attractive presentation of your writing with minimal time or technical skill.
Time and technical skill are privileges and I am generally in favor of things that eliminate them as roadblocks to adding voices on the web.
@sandro It has great looks for content...
Is it meant to be easily self-hostable too?
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