Follow-up thoughts to Medium is Bad for the Web1:

  • The article I was attempting to save for later was How to Configure Your iPhone to Work for You, Not Against You - it looks like an incredibly-valuable article. So it’s too bad Medium controls who can see it, and under what circumstances
  • I should have added, when saying Medium is more sinister than Facebook: We all get that Facebook is a walled garden (it might be, at least for my generation, the prototypical example of such); most of what you put on Facebook cannot be seen by anyone who isn’t logged in to Facebook, which is a feature in many ways: privacy (nevermind that Facebook can see it). But Medium posts have URLs, which makes it look like they’re part of the web. But—and newspaper paywalls have this same problem—it’s when you try to share those URLs and are met with a doorslam, or try to save them to an API endpoint and it fails, that the facade shatters. Actually, Medium will decide whether you get to read the article or not
  • A lot of writers may argue that they make money from posting on Medium, and that requires some level of control, because restricting access is what makes Medium content valuable. Which is just a return to the world of publishers / gatekeepers that the internet has let us escape. The reason Indieweb is crucial is because when a technological sea change levels the playing field between the powerful and the rest of us, it is inevitable that the powerful (and those who leverage the change to become powerful) will find ways to un-level the playing field again. If we don’t fight back, writers in 2025 end up just like writers in 1985: beholden to huge corporate interests that decide how and when and to whom our work will be presented… and whether we can feed our families with it.2

  1. Ooh, see that? a URL at my own domain. That’s how it’s done. [return]
  2. …If I’d known this was going to get so long, I’d have posted it to my non-Micro site (especially so I could edit it!) 😅 Maybe I’ll do that anyway… [return]
Dan J @danj