A new collaborative, online publishing tool, Medium, has been announced. The brainchild of Twitter co-founders Evan Williams and Biz Stone, Medium is designed to allow users to collaborate on works being published on the site, according to the company blog. After reading a work, users can indicate if they liked it, give feedback to the writer, and add to it. Once a work is posted, it will be organized into "collections", which are defined by a theme and a template.
While the ability to post on Medium is not yet open to everyone, the company says posting is "elegant and easy" and users can "do so without the burden of becoming a blogger or worrying about developing an audience." The highest rated posts bubble up to the top, though some collections will be closed.
Right now, anyone with a Twitter account can read and give feedback on Medium, though contributions are still limited to a small, invite-only community.
Williams and Stone are also serving as advisors to a new discussion platform called Branch, which aims to create an online forum for general discussions. According to PC Mag, users will be able to pick who they want to talk to and start online discussions.
Branch is currently in public beta testing and invitations are available by request.