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Consider own your exclusive content after Medium pauses custom domain feature

Medium started to provide custom domain feature in 2015. It was a onetime payment, though it cost $75.
But Medium quietly paused their custom domain feature last December.

Custom domains on Medium

The customer support replies: it has been paused indefinitely. We don’t have a timeframe for this at this time. Sorry.

Why does Medium pause it? Because Medium is a curation platform on which all individual writers could publish articles.If top writers and popular publishers could apply custom domain.That means the top writers could take all their traffic away into their own websites in the future. Medium doesn’t want this situation to happen.
In an article, called Medium May No Longer Be a Platform for Publishers or Brands, the author even predicts Medium may pause the Publications feature in the future.

From the point view of writers and publishers, every platform doesn’t exist forever. Some gigantic platforms such as Windows Live Spaces and Myspace even ended their service in the past.
In other words, for someone who desires to construct their brands or publications of interests through Medium should consider other methods.

* setup newsletter service
* redirect your Medium article into your own website
* your profile on another platform

數位田野心得

這場演講是台大網路民族誌課程邀請講者在課堂分享田野歷程

網路民族誌改變我最近在讀人類學入門書(歡迎光臨人類學)中關於民族誌的看法,

所謂的民族誌已經不僅僅是到現場做田野、觀察,還要研究人類在數位平台社群上的互動,依照民族誌學者Melinda Bollar Wagner的說法人類學家在做觀察會經歷幾個重要階段(進入 — 》文化衝擊 — 》建立和諧密切關係 — 》文化理解),但在數位做民族誌這些階段產生些微妙地變化,以往要透過報導人(informant)或咨詢者(consultant)才有辦法進入特定團體,在網路上這個進入entree門檻降低甚至不見了,經歷文化衝擊後緊接而來的確有建立關係,但這關係卻沒有這麼密切。不過這不意味著網路民族誌不需看重實體觀察,原因是透過實體田野是可以預測了解被觀察參與者在網路上的反應。

另外跨出同溫層後才知道很多人、企業對於協作共筆、敏捷、扁平去中心化概念還是會有點疑惑、恐懼、排斥。