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You Can Now Bypass Medium’s Paywall Using Twitter

Dave Parrack 04-03-2019

If you want to read paid-for Medium articles without actually paying, you can now bypass the paywall using Twitter. Medium insists writers who produce paywalled content won’t lose any revenue, so this seems like a win-win for everyone involved.


The History of Medium’s Paywall

In March 2016, Medium started offering paid memberships. For $5/month or $50/year, Medium members gain exclusive access to articles, early access to new features, and no more ads. This means some articles are hidden behind a paywall to non-paying plebs.

At first, Medium’s Partner Program was limited to certain writers. However, in October 2017, Medium opened its Partner Program up to everyone, which means you can now get paid to write Medium articles You Can Now Get Paid to Write Medium Articles Medium, the popular blogging platform on which millenials like to pen wordy opinion pieces, is opening up its Partner Program to let anyone and everyone earn money from their writing. Read More . The problem is getting enough people to pay up.

How to Bypass Medium’s Paywall

In an effort to drive traffic to Medium, and potentially encourage people to start paying, Medium CEO Ev Williams has announced that people visiting Medium from Twitter will be able to bypass the paywall. Williams happens to be the co-founder of Twitter.

Essentially, anyone clicking a link to a paid-for Medium article from Twitter will be catapulted over the paywall without needing to pay. Medium authors expressed concerns this would mean less money, but Williams has assured them this isn’t the case.


The only question mark remaining is whether offering people an easy way to bypass the paywall is more or less likely to turn them from free users into paid users. On the one hand they’ll get a taste of the content on offer, but on the other, their need to pay disappears.

Blame People Using Ad-Blockers

Williams obviously hopes that by giving people a backdoor pass behind the paywall, Medium will add more paid subscribers. However, it’s certainly a gamble, as it’s surely only a matter of time before a Twitter bot starts linking to every paywalled Medium article.

And as for paywalls, no one likes them. However, they’re becoming more common thanks to people using ad-blockers Why the Fight Back Against Ad-Blockers Should Matter to You Now Ad-blocking has changed our browsing experience. The fightback by web publishers is changing it further. But if they defeat ad-blocking, what does it mean for the future of our Internet experience? Read More . If you kill content creators’ passive income streams then they’re forced to seek more active income streams which require cold, hard cash.

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  1. Zaneszoo
    March 7, 2019 at 7:57 am

    Why isn't the subheading "Blame the Advertisers for driving people to use ad blockers!"?

    With all their noise, flashing, popping up, popping under, tracking, "customizing content" is frighteningly personal ways, and general spam, is it any wonder people would take steps to avoid all that and protect their personal info?

  2. John Smith
    March 5, 2019 at 6:20 pm

    Maybe I am the only person out there who does not care about anything on medium. Most of the articles are either lame or radical.