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Editor’s Note: Encyclo has not been regularly updated since August 2014, so information posted here is likely to be out of date and may be no longer accurate. It’s best used as a snapshot of the media landscape at that point in time.

Medium is a public blogging platform designed by Twitter founder Evan Williams and to encourage reader-writer collaboration. Medium users can write, comment, and contribute to posts, organize collections of content, or simply read what others have posted. The site is designed to be complementary to Twitter, and only those with a Twitter account can join.

The beta version of Medium debuted in August 2012, and its most striking feature is its simplicity. It purposely elides plug-ins and sidebars, and as Williams’ introductory note states, With ample white space, a curated home page of the best — not the most recent — content, and a built-in pre-publish collaboration tool, the goal of Medium is to reinvent how prose is composed and experienced online. Observers have of Medium, whether it’s intended to be similar to a curated magazine, a more open blogging platform or . Williams has as both a platform for individuals to publish and a publisher itself.

The Medium team is composed of alumni from past Obvious ventures, including Twitter, Odeo, and Blogger. It has mostly been self-funded, but – $25 million – in 2014. On occasion, its editorial team commissions posts and pays authors for contributing, and from experienced journalists for investigative pieces. It has been for its pay-per-click policy. In 2013, Medium .

Medium in 2013 and as an online magazine. It from Wired in 2014. It also planned to later that year.

, a content-sharing venture that . Originally called Roundtable, Branch aims to incubate “high quality public discourse” by allowing users to “host” discussions that they can invite their friends to join. , a link-sharing platform. Both were  in 2014.

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Primary author: Linda Kinstler. Main text last updated: August 21, 2014.
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