Williams—a co-founder, former CEO and now former board member of Twitter, who created Medium in September 2012 and serves as its CEO—tweeted that stories behind Medium’s paywall can now be accessed free-of-charge by visitors coming from Twitter.
He added in responses to his original tweet that compensation for members of Medium’s partner program will not be affected, as it is determined by readership from paying members.
And when asked if he was concerned about the move causing people not to pay for membership, Williams replied, “We will certainly watch that and, if it has a negative impact, we may change this in the future. As it stands, Twitter is a relatively small (but important) part of our traffic, and we expect this to have a positive effect.”
Medium members pay $5 per month or $50 annually.