Medium versus News
Medium is rejecting chronology as the key way it presents potential reading material to users:
Our goals are different: we want to give you great stuff to read. We have tens of thousands of great pieces already written on Medium, and the vast majority of them are just as relevant today as the day they were written. In some cases, a few months may even have made them better.
Anyway, reading the news doesn’t make us any smarter.
This makes a lot of sense. Paper publishing tied us to the value of the new because we were literally publishing a new issue every day/week/month. Anyone who has done any serious metrics work on publishers’ sites will have seen just how much traffic goes to “archive” content.
Medium is designing itself around that fact. Interesting approach.
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Some Good Reading About The Future of News Paid Members Public
Good stuff I’ve read recently, haven’t linked to yet, but don’t have much to add to right now: * The Nichepaper Manifesto [http://blogs.harvardbusiness.org/haque/2009/07/the_nichepaper_manifesto.html] – an articulate and well argued guide to how niche publishing might looks going forwards. * Media