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It’s easy to see why Medium is popular. Lots of influential people and websites have set up publications and the Medium site as a whole gets some serious traffic (upwards of 75 million a month). You can republish the posts from your blog onto Medium to drive more traffic back to your own site.
Some third-party tools are now appearing to make your Medium experience a good one. Here are a few of the best. Some others which looked promising inexplicably refused to work for me, but there were plenty of others ready to step into the void.
Sometimes you are on a roll when firing off tweets. You get the bit between your teeth and before you know it, you have a fully-fledged rant spread across a dozen or so posts (called a “tweetstorm”). Reading back on them, you probably then think, “Damnnnn… that would make a legendary Medium post”. This is where Tweedium effortlessly steps in to help.
Tweedium extracts your Tweetstorms from your Twitter account and then gives you the option to publish them as a Medium post. This example by the developer shows how they are formatted — as a series of embeddable Tweets, making it look all very neat and easy to read.
2. Their Medium (Chrome)
With so many people jumping onto the Medium bandwagon, promotion and marketing becomes a must if you want to be unique. One easy way to promote your own Medium profile is to have a link in your Twitter profile. You can use the Chrome extension Their Medium for this (obviously if someone is not using Chrome and/or this extension, the link will not show for them).
This extension is perfect for anyone who networks extensively on Medium, and who is always looking for new people to read. By visiting a person’s Twitter profile, you can see right away whether or not they have a Medium profile. It will even highlight recently recommended stories by that person.
3. GetPlay (Chrome)
GetPlay is another Chrome extension, one which kind of turns Medium posts into podcasts. Sometimes you have a long list of Medium posts you want to read, but you also have to do the housework, hang the painting up, paint the house, say hi to your kids, and so forth. How do you combine everything and become super-duper mega-efficient? You get Chrome to dictate your Medium posts to you.
Now I know what you thinking. You’re probably saying right now, “Uuurgh… some awful tinny robotic voice droning away in my ear.” But actually I was extremely impressed with what I heard. Pronunciation was spot-on, as well as inflection (tone of voice, rhythm, speed, etc). It almost sounded as if the browser was having a friendly conversation with me.
It made only one slight boob with the article, but it was so minor that it barely mattered. The accuracy with this extension is absolutely high standard.
You get a new play button at the bottom of every Medium post. Click it and wait for the extension to transcribe the article (which is fairly fast). Then it will start.
4. Top Authors
With so many people now on Medium, it can become really difficult to know who to follow and read. Top Authors tries to help you save some time by showing you the top movers and shakers, as well as a separate site showing you the top Medium publications. Each list is an “endless scroll,” so you just keep scrolling down the page and more will instantly load.
The people at the top are fairly predictable. Ev Williams (CEO of Medium), Gary Vaynerchuk, Hillary Clinton, Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter)… but if you dig down further into the list, you may end up discovering some interesting individuals (for example, at place 50, Ryan Hoover, CEO of Product Hunt). I personally prefer the top Medium publications list, as I like to browse by topic, not author. But that’s just me.
If your favorite author or publication is not there, you can suggest it for possible inclusion in the directory. But the one thing it is inexplicably lacking is a search engine. I mean, for a directory, shouldn’t a search engine be kind of standard?
5. s’More (Mac) [No Longer Available]
The writing interface on the Medium website is pretty sweet and easy. But browsers crash, and information gets lost in transit, so a desktop app makes more sense.
s’More (an interesting name) is an open-source Medium posting app for Mac only, which is a real pleasure to use. It’s fast, it’s free, and when you are typing, it is virtually identical to typing on the Medium website.
6. MediumDesk (Mac and Linux, Windows soon)
MediumDesk is also a very nice looking option for writing your Medium posts on the desktop. But to be honest, MediumDesk is just Medium.com in its own small individual window. So what are the advantages of using it?
Well, as the developer is keen to point out, now you can have the window pinned to your desktop, and you no longer have to go searching through multiple browser tabs for that elusive draft. It’s also free, so why not make use of it? (see what I did there?).
It’s also the only desktop app which is developing its own Windows version. Everything else is Mac-only. MediumDesk also works on Linux.
7. Ulysses (Mac and iOS)
Ulysses is a highly-rated app for Mac and iOS. In the Mac App Store, it has a 4.5 out of 5 score, with 716 ratings at the time of writing. But the one downside is the price. The Mac version will set you back a whopping $44.99 and the iOS version $24.99.
But for anyone wanting a seamless distraction-free writing experience, Ulysses is absolutely hard to beat. Once I started testing Ulysses, I was absolutely hooked on it. I immediately transferred my novel over to it, and I have now made more headway on it in the last few days than I have in the last few years.
So why is it in an article about Medium tools? Simply because, as well as integration with WordPress, Ulysses is also integrated with Medium. You can write your Medium posts inside Ulysses, and then send them directly to the Ulysses website. iCloud integration also ensures that your Medium drafts are kept safe on Apple servers until they are ready to be published to the world.
Setting it up is very easy. Go to your Medium settings page, generate an integration token and enter it into Ulysses. You will then be connected to Medium without having to enter your password anywhere. When your post is ready to be sent to Medium, go to the sharing menu, drop down the small menu and choose “Publishing” and select your Ulysses account. That’s all there is to it. I am absolutely hooked.
Like any web service worth its salt, Medium is also available on smartphones. Its iOS app has a 4.5 out of 5 score (with 3,831 ratings at the time of writing). The Android app is even better — 4.6 out of 5 with 20,451 ratings at the time of writing). The only gripe seems to be the lack of a night-reading mode.
As well as reading posts, you can also use the smartphone apps to start writing your drafts. The iOS app can also be used on the iPad.
This is not a Medium tool, so technically I am cheating here. But it is still worth including because it is worth finding out which links in your Medium posts are being clicked on the most.
I’m sure you’ve seen these links when browsing the web. When clicking on a link, it has a UTM tracking code on the end. These links are then sent to the Medium post author’s Google Analytics account, so they can see who clicked on what.
Which Tools Do You Use for Mediuming?
Mediuming? Did I just start a new verb? Your views on this and other third-party Medium tools would be appreciated down in the comments section please.