Jack, thanks for the kind words.
The article you found is so fantastic.
At first I was thinking I could have saved myself weeks of work over the last year if I had found the article first.
Then I looked at the author, Michael Spencer, a content futurist from Canada.
This is the same Michael Spencer who used to be a super popular author on Medium who wrote about his income being cut by 70% in August when Medium made radical changes in their method of selecting featured articles and the way they compensated writers.
Up until then, he was one of those people who divided his time between writing tech articles in his areas of expertise and selling people on becoming better writers to increase the number of paid subscriptions.
I don’t know if he was a paid shill or secretly compensated, but we had some interactions of mixed results.
On the one hand, he started the now-disbanded publication 1-One-Zero, an egalitarian attempt to level the playing field for anonymous Medium writers.
On the other hand, we disagreed over ideas contained in our writing.
He even committed the faux pas of highlighting and commenting on an article and not clapping for it.
I can’t say that he is an objective third party observer, but that doesn’t disqualify his views — and if Google does downgrade Medium, Ev Williams’ connection to Twitter would make it a logical merger destination.
Here’s a 2018 Medium article by a third party writer about Spencer and his writing.
100’s of Stories by Michael K. Spencer
He’s the #2 Top Writer on Medium in the Future, #2 for Bitcoin, #2 in Finance, #3 in Investing, #3 in Innovation, #4 in…
You will find his profile and all the articles have been removed from Medium.
It took him much less time than me to come to the same conclusion, and then he went off to find greener pastures.
I wish I could say that I’m just as smart, but I’m a sucker for solving riddles like Medium, even though it is covered in bullshit.