Today in tech news, Loren Feldman shares his thoughts on Twitter founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone’s new social service, the invite-only-for-now Medium. Williams announced it in a blog post early this morning.
In the post, Williams, who also founded Blogger, describes Medium as a new publishing platform that combines the best of the new Digg and Pinterest. Here’s an excerpt of his post.
The Obvious Corporation decided to take on the project of building a new publishing platform from scratch, not just because it’s in our wheelhouse, but because we believe publishing—and media, more broadly—is important. It’s easy to forget this given how much pointless and destructive media is in the world. But there’s also more great stuff than ever before—and we haven’t even scratched the surface of what our smart devices and our networks that connect most of the planet might enable.
Media is still the “connective tissue of society,” as Clay Shirky eloquently put it. And we think it can be better. Better for creators. Better for consumers. Better for the world.
So, we’re re-imagining publishing in an attempt to make an evolutionary leap, based on everything we’ve learned in the last 13 years and the needs of today’s world.
That sounds pretty grandiose, so let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Truth be told, we’re just starting the journey of figuring out what all that means—and what we’re releasing today is just a sliver of what we’ve figured out.
Gina Smith’s views on Medium, which she thinks smacks of Pinterest functionality, are here.