Welcome To The Fediverse Medium! Almost...
So Medium has launched an official Mastodon instance/site at me.dm which thus far is invite only.
With so many Mastodon instances to choose from, we plan for me.dm to have a few important benefits out of the gate: reliable infrastructure and moderation, a short domain name to make sharing your username easier, better onboarding for new users, and an interesting local feed. (Medium Blog)
I signed up for the instance out of curiosity, however I was wondering if/when Medium itself would embrace ActivityPub.
@email@example.com (Medium’s CEO) provided a weird, diplomatic response across two posts. Both posts seemed to indicate that Medium would not embrace ActivityPub due to Medium writers treating the Fediverse as a broadcasting outpost...
Mastodon represents a short form corner of the fediverse. To participate in this corner via a medium-length tool would mean participation from people who are blindly syndicating at worst, and having a disconnected experience at best. It'd be disrespectful to the community here.
...as well as conflicting with Medium’s current and future goals.
Now, separately, there is an emerging fediverse of longer form content and that would be a reason for Medium to add ActivityPub. But that's a separate goal than what we are doing here.
Although Medium will probably not embrace ActivityPub, it would be great if they could setup an auto posting to Mastodon feature, similar to what they have with Twitter.
So for now the only blogging platforms embracing the Fediverse are:
- Micro Blog
- WordPress (via ActivityPub plugin)
- Drupal (via Drupal’s ActivityPub plugin).
Tumblr is also promising to enter the Fediverse (Tumblr would become a dominate player if they did join), but I am having doubts we will see Tumblr entering anytime soon.
Note: I do have an account on Medium which is Darnell.Africa, which I am semi-active upon.
👨🏾💻 by Darnell Clayton 🔛 @firstname.lastname@example.org
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