Medium wants you to pay $5 a month to join its Mastodon server

Usernames have been reserved for current Medium subscription members until March 20th. | Image: The Verge

Popular publishing platform Medium is now fully embracing the Twitter alternative Mastodon by opening up its new instance to paying Medium community members. Joining the Mastodon server requires a subscription to Medium for $5 per month (or $50 per year) which enables perks on the site like ad-free browsing and offline reading. Mastodon instances are generally free to join.

Medium is one of the first notable tech companies to utilize Mastodon as a premium social media experience, which is interesting given the publishing company’s historic connections with Twitter. Medium co-founders Ev Williams and Biz Stone also co-founded Twitter back in 2007. A great deal of Mastodon’s recent success was born out of ongoing turmoil with Twitter…

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