Twitter’s Blogging Platform ‘Medium’ Rolls Out on iPhone
Obvious Corp, the parent company of Twitter, has launched ‘Medium for iPhone 1.0.’ It is a simple iOS app that enables users to read and recommend stories from the blogging platform ‘Medium’ wherever they may go.
The creators of Twitter—Biz Stone and Evan Williams—launched the service (Medium for Web) in August 2012. Back then, they promised to make it an elegant as well as easy way for exploration and sharing of content along like-minded people.
To date, thousands of users go to Medium every week to write and post stories, dreams, ideas, and visions. Those outputs are circulated through so-called collections. Among the most popular to date of those collections are ‘Let’s Get Coffee,’ ‘American Dreamers,’ ‘The T.V. Age,’ and ‘Life Hacks.’
Development of Medium app
Development of the new iOS app began six months ago. Back then, its creators were intending to work on an app that would be more beautiful, faster, more intuitive, and more dynamic compared to its predecessor, its Web-based version.
During the development period, the app’s main focus were the stories and those details that actually bypass Web limitations and allow Medium’s heart to step up to the front.
However, now that Medium for iPhone is available, its users should be aware that it could be different compared to its desktop version. The new app does not enable users to write their stories through the program just yet. But there are indications that this feature would be rolled out and be enabled eventually.
Medium for iPhone 1.0 is currently available as a free download in Apple Inc’s iTunes Store. But the creators have just one reminder for those who plan to download it now. They have to sign in using their Twitter accounts first, for obvious reasons.
Upon download, Medium app would automatically sync with all the users’ online reading lists. Those could comprise of stories from collections that are being followed or stories that have been bookmarked. Those would also include trending content as well as stories that are recommended or are trending in Twitter.
Meanwhile, users of the iOS app could simply flip through existing stories. They could swipe their finger across the screen for navigation between full-screen stories or articles. As usual, they could scroll down to further read content and possibly tap the screen for accessing recommended, bookmarked, and shared options.