insights from 1 year of Medium top stories: engagement, topics, reading time and influencers

Medium just released its API, together with a new logo. It’s a publishing API, so not many chances to get big data for research.

Luckily they also publish a monthly chart of their 100 most recommended stories, which offers some limited but interesting insights about topics, influencers and other metrics.

The infographic below show results from an analysis on 12 months’ top stories, starting from October 2014. A top story can appear in more than one month’s chart, so I had to remove all the duplicates and choose the minimum number of 86 stories per month (tot. 1032), in order not to alterate the results.

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