So what is Medium? Here are 5 quick facts

The White House broke tradition when it used Medium to release the full text of the State of the Union Address to the public before President Obama entered the Capitol Building. Here are five quick facts about the online publishing platform:.

• The alternative blogging site was launched in 2012 by Evan Williams and Biz Stone. You might know them as the founders of Twitter.

• Unlike Twitter, Medium encourages users to write as long as they want. No 140-character limit here.

• The site is used by up to 17 million people a month. It has become a forum for essays on tech and design, book chapters – even poetry.

• Unlike most blogging platforms, Medium is organized by topic rather than author.

• Originally invitation only, Medium is open to anyone with something to say. You can sign in with a Facebook or Twitter account.

In December, USA TODAY tech writer Jon Swartz interviewed Williams about the endeavor. Read it here.

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