Content Behind Medium’s Paywall Can Be Viewed Free-of-Charge by Visitors From Twitter

CEO Evan Williams said he will monitor the impact on membership

There's a new way to get through Medium's paywall - Credit by Jens Domschky/iStock
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Twitter and Medium are now connected by something else besides Evan Williams.

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. David Cohen is editor of Adweek's Social Pro Daily.