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Launched last year by Twitter founders Biz Stone and Evan Williams, Medium has been making waves as a writing platform. Now, it has got its first major update, pushing it to version 1. “With 1.0, we’ve redesigned the reading and writing experience to make your stories look better and have more impact. We’ve also changed how collections work to enable curation and improve discoverability,” Williams says.
The team has made refinements to the typography, spacing, and responsiveness of the design, so that posts look better on all devices, PC and mobile. The big new addition is cover images, which lets you set one featured image with your headline and intro appearing on it. This functionality can also be used inline in articles when you want to add emphasis. It’s essentially taking the ease of use that makes Medium great and adding more to it. Medium has curated the possibilities of what can be done with its new tools in a Collection called Beautiful Stories.
The big change is in Collections, which were previously invite-only or open to all. Now, each collection is moderated by the person who started it, with the ability to approve or reject stories submitted to the collection. This way, editors can build a following with better curation and writers can get guidance on where their articles fit.
Initially launched as an invite-only platform, Medium recently changed its policy to let anyone with a Twitter handle sign up for an account. You will also need to be using Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Apple Safari to use Medium.