Inside Medium has been super interesting. I’d like to do a lot more of it — or that type of thing. I was not interested in making an enterprise version of Medium (i.e., private publishing for groups) really until Inside Medium. Now I’m interested in it, largely because it would make publishing Inside Medium easier (and better, because it could include inside comments, as well). Of course, not just for our own sake, but for others.
I’ve also been thinking more generally about transparency and how far to push it. In the rash of press I’ve been doing lately, very seldom do I not tell people exactly what I’m thinking. This often includes things I think are not great about our product today, as well as our plans for the future. This isn’t standard PR procedure. Is it working? Too soon to tell. Definite pros and cons. But I can tell you one big pro: I enjoy these conversations more, and they’re easier than when I have a script and have to figure out how to gracefully avoid questions.
What about numbers? We don’t share (many) publicly about Medium in aggregate. We could. We could also make it so post numbers are public. Would users like that? I know as a reader I would — and, in fact, often check the stats myself. Would authors? Would it make the system better or worse? More easily gamed or more transparent how to succeed (and who’s succeeding)? Which reminds me…
What is success? Topic for another time.