From the minds of Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone comes yet another platform for curating and displaying content. Medium is still under wraps, but previews of the publishing platform show single-subject blogs that invite feedback and, eventually, contributions from readers.
They’re called Collections, and they have the layout of a Pinterest board, the laser focus of a Tumblr blog, and the democratic ranking system of Reddit. Explained Williams in a blog post:
Collections give people context and structure to publish their own stories, photos, and ideas. By default, the highest-rated posts show up at the top, helping people get the most out of their time in this world of infinite information.
Together, the contributions of many add up to create compelling and useful experiences. You may be inspired to post one time or several times a day—either way is okay. If you’re more ambitious, you might create a collection of your own.
Here’s an example of what this looks like:
When you click on the posts, you can vote on their value by clicking customizable buttons that say things like “nice work” or “this helps.” That’s it – no sign-in required. At some point, publishers will be able to make communal Collections that other people can add to.
The site isn’t open to the public yet, but you can enter your Twitter account for an update here. Said Evan Williams about the development process: