Is Medium the new message

Tthe creators of Blogger and Twitter are building a new platform from scratch. Medium is a new online publishing platform from Obvious Corp. Obvious is the most recent iteration of the company that created Blogger, Odeo, and Twitter. A post from Joshua Benton, Nieman Journalism Lab outlines 13 ways of looking at Medium, the new blogging/sharing/discovery platform from @ev and Obvious. The new startup is also “raising some fundamental questions about how content on the web is structured.”
From @ev
“Posting on Medium (not yet open to everyone) is elegant and easy, and you can do so without the burden of becoming a blogger or worrying about developing an audience. All posts are organized into “collections,” which are defined by a theme and a template.”
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Different or the Same?

Sometimes being different is all about being the same. Take the state of South Australia for instance. Not too far, I hear they like where they are. They’re rolling out a program to connect all the public libraries on the one library system with all the punters using the same card. Here is the news item:

http://www.libraries.sa.gov.au/site/page.cfm?u=499

So it might take three years, but it’ll connect almost a million SA residents with nearly five million items across more than 130 libraries and they’ll soon be three years ahead of the rest of us.

It is more than time we looked at doing this as a nation. If we were as clever as we think we are, we’d have done it ages ago.

Thanks to @edwardshaddow (from WA) for alerting me to this.

Discuss.

BREAKING: @carolgauld advises that Tasmania has already done this, with their state, all public and all school libraries already on the one system. Anyone noticing a trend here? MMB