Medium appears to be constructing a device to avoid wasting and reformat on-line articles for future studying.
That’s in keeping with Jane Manchun Wong, a dependable supply of scoops on unreleased options. Wong stated she noticed this one by reverse engineering Medium’s Android app and monitoring community site visitors.
The “Save to Medium” function seems to scrape net pages, then create a brand new, unlisted story on Medium. If deployed, it might imply Medium turns into not only a publishing platform, but additionally a product like Instapaper, which you would use to learn content material from across the net.
It additionally entails stripping the content material of the writer’s advertisements and transferring it out from behind their paywalls. That doesn’t sound too completely different from present reader apps — within the expertise of different TC writers, Instapaper and Pocket can get round paywalls, albeit inconsistently — however Wong argued that it may very well be a extra difficult state of affairs for Medium, as it’s a writer itself and operates a subscription paywall of its personal. (The corporate was based and led by Ev Williams, who’s pictured above.)
Nonetheless, Wong additionally famous that the function is prone to evolve earlier than it’s truly launched, and he or she stated, “If I could counsel, there are a lot of methods for the media and information publishers to collaborate. Blocking Medium’s ‘Save To Medium’ scraper from accessing the location ought to be the final resort.”
When requested about this, Medium despatched the next assertion from Vice President of Product Michael Sippey: “Nothing to speak about now, however we’re at all times experimenting with methods to carry nice studying experiences to Medium customers.”