How Medium Works
Medium is designed to allow people to choose the level of contribution they prefer.
Medium is designed to allow people to choose the level of contribution they prefer. We know that most people, most of the time, will simply read and view content—and that’s great. If they choose, they can recommend* content to others, giving feedback to the creator and increasing the likelihood others will see it. Feedback can also be given to the author by leaving notes, which are paragraph-specific or word/sentence-specific and can be accessed by hovering over the desired paragraph and clicking the little “+” icon in the right margin or highlighting the text that you’d like to comment on.
Posting on Medium is elegant and easy, and you can do so without the burden of becoming a “blogger” or worrying about the arduous task of developing an audience. Posts can be organized into “collections,” which are defined by a theme. (For example, this post is in the ‘About Medium’ collection.)
Anyone can create a collection about anything, and authors can submit relevant stories to as many collections as they’d like. For example, here’s a collection of crazy stories. Submitting stories to collections gives more opportunity for discovery and building one idea off of another.
Collections give people context and structure to articulate their ideas.
Together, the contributions of many add up to create compelling and useful experiences.
*There is a ‘Recommend’ button at the bottom of every post. Clicking this button is one of the signals that contributes to the algorithm which determines the order of recommended posts within a collection. We will also use this to provide feedback to the author.