- The interface is indeed as clean and well designed as I have heard, allowing writers to knock out simple yet professional looking posts.
- One of the selling points of Medium, where you can easily submit to "collections" is gone. In the past you could submit your stories to any collection without prior invites. You could also submit one story to more than one collection. It was one of the selling points of Medium, where you only followed collections instead of individual posters.
- But now, there is "no more open submissions to collections, and stories can only belong to a single collection." "Only users that have been added as writers to a collection may submit their drafts or stories to that collection." To replace this they have the more traditional follow system like in Twitter and Facebook
- The interesting feature to add comments at the paragraph level is something I wonder if will encourage more comments?
- Always wondered how much of my long rambling posts are read. Medium has stats on this.
I don't do this often (or at all!) but would like to mention that the Internet Librarian International 2014 will be on at the end of October.
I was at the 2012 event (read about my experiences here) and I can sincerely say it remains my favourite conference so far. While I have gone to bigger conferences eg ALA Annual, ILI 2014 seems to my type of conference.
As I blogged back then "I suspect if you like most of the things I blog about here, the conference would be a natural fit for you." I have gone to a few more conferences since then, and my thoughts on this haven't changed.
Every year since then, I have received brochures for ILI, and the talks and speakers on display are always excellent with a good blend of speakers from England, Australia, US and Scandinavian countries etc. This year is no different with star speakers such as Jan Holmquist (on Gamification) attending.
It's a pity I can't go to ILI more often, but if you do have the funds, do consider ILI 2014.