Most of us have been enjoying Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Reddit, Tumblr, Instagram, etc. for a while now and, you know what, a couple guys think it’s time we add yet another social site to our list. Twitter and Blogger founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone have created Medium.
What is Medium? Well in my opinion it’s just a glorified Pinterest/Tumblr combo to add to the rest of the other Pinterest knockoffs. Evan William’s vision is a bit different. This is a snippet of his explanation:
“Posting on Medium (not yet open to everyone) is elegant and easy, and you can do so without the burden of becoming a blogger or worrying about developing an audience. All posts are organized into “collections,” which are defined by a theme and a template. (For example, this post is in the About Medium collection with a simple article template.)
We believe that good design supports the purpose (not just the appeal) of content, so Medium is diverse in look and feel—ranging from different types of articles to images to, eventually, much more.”
Now, think about this — Are you excited to join this network or did you groan about yet another site to suck your time? The reaction around the office was for the latter and I’m not surprised. This site brings nothing new to the social media realm other than more noise.
So, here’s a lofty and unrealistic thought, lets tone down the amount of Facebook/Twitter/LinkedIn/Pinterest sites being shoved into our face.
I know Facebook has its privacy problems, Twitter isn’t always credible and Google+ is a ghost town but how many solutions to the same problem do we need? It seems like most people I know are happy with their current level of social networking sites and feel like joining another network is a hassle.
I guess time will tell if this is the future of blogging and social networking.