Medium is offering literally nothing beyond promises:
- Future “exclusive stories from leading experts” – um, who? On what? And when?
- Early access to “a new Medium experience” – they are going to revamp their homepage. You’ll get to see it earlier.
- Personal, offline reading list – you can save stories to a queue.
We can pretty much guarantee Medium that no one outside a few over-paid techies living in SoMa or Palo Alto is going to think that represents good value for $5 a month. The whole idea is doomed to failure.
Kieran McCarthy on Medium’s curious ‘offering’: