In its weekly digest email, publishing platform Medium today quietly announced that registration is open to all. Youâll still need a Twitter account and an email address, but you no longer have to be invited to sign up for the service.
While there is no official announcement on Mediumâs website, a blog post titled âHow Do I Post?â offers a bit more detail. Head to medium.com/m/signin and sign up with your Twitter account. Youâll need to verify your email address by clicking the link in the email sent to you, and after that youâll see a button on the Medium homepage that says âRequest writing access.â
Click it to start writing. Hereâs what it looks like:
There are a few catches, however. Post creation on Medium is currently only possible on three desktop browsers: Chrome, Firefox and Safari. That means Internet Explorer and Opera users are out of luck, and thereâs no telling when support might be added.
As for mobile devices, post creation is also not available. You can post on the Web, but not from your smartphone or tablet. Medium wouldnât give timing for when this will change, but it did say âWeâre working on this.â
Not everyone is excited. Here is Foursquareâs BPLewis, who tipped us off on the newsletter:
Oh well this will only degrade the already amazing quality of writing on Medium. pic.twitter.com/i7O1qoq4dl
â BPLewis (@BPLewis) October 25, 2013
We have contacted Medium for more information and will update this article if and when we hear back. Update: We heard back but Medium merely confirmed what we already know. âYes. Anyone can come to Medium, sign in, verify their email address and start writing.â
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