Personalize Your Medium Experience with the Stories You Want to Read Most

Following users, publications, and tags on Medium

Logging in to your Medium account allows us to deliver the most relevant and timely stories directly to you, based on your interests. When you follow users, publications, and tags (topics) on Medium, you’re customizing the content you receive every time you log in to Medium.com and the Medium iOS or Android app, and in our email Digests.

Once you’re logged in to your account, you can visit this dashboard at any time to find personalized suggestions for whom and what to follow next. Here’s a breakdown of what following means on Medium:

Follow Users

You can follow any user on Medium — including amazing writers, world leaders, entertaining storytellers, and even your friends. When you follow someone on Medium, we will prioritize showing you Medium posts written or recommended by that user (via the heart symbol). You’ll also be able to view passages they’ve highlighted within stories.

Follow Publications

You can follow publications, which are started by editors for a community of readers and feature posts written by many users. On Medium, you can tap into a thriving ecosystem of popular, passionate publications all in one place. The Ringer, ThinkProgress, Backchannel, The Mission, Cuepoint, and thousands of other publications are all on Medium, ready for you to follow. We’ve joined in, too: We started an official publication for news from Medium called 3 Min Read.

We will prioritize showing you posts that are posted in publications you follow. You also can receive Letters from editors of those publications with special content and updates. (When logged in, you can always manage your email settings for publications you follow here.)

Follow Tags

Every post on Medium can include up to five tags, which the writer chooses to tell readers what topics her story is about. When you follow a tag you’re interested in, we will prioritize showing you popular posts about that topic. You can follow broad topics like music, politics, travel, sports, or tech, or more specific topics like your favorite TV show, city, or interest.

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