I wrote something similar about Medium back in July to what Ben Werdmüller writes now. Medium isn't doing something bad, it's just that they changed directions over the last years. From being a platform, where anyone can write anything and anyone can read anything for free, it's now something like a paid magazine anyone can contribute too (and earn some money from it).
What Medium isn't is a generic blogging or publishing platform. It's narrowed its focus into being more like a magazine that everyone can contribute to (and I'm told that more changes are coming in the New Year). In doing so, it inevitably loses some of its early users - and it adds features like a paywall that may drive some casual readers away.
And that's actually a good thing:
But in building a magazine that anyone can contribute to, Medium has opened the door to a more diverse community of writers sharing their lived experiences and getting paid for it as part of a business model that promotes value over blind engagement and doesn't need to profile you all over the web.
People, who used Medium as the generic blogging platform, now experience why provider lock-in should be avoided. If you want to blog (and don't want to generate some income from it), start a blog with your own domain and the possibility to move platforms. I learned my things: There's a Medium archive on my blog with articles I originally published on Medium.
I'm currently still in a year-subscription for the Membership until March 2020, but I'm not sure I want to extend the Membership after that. It's just that I find those stories on Medium not interesting enough to spend 5€ per month or 50€ per year on it.
What I really wish Medium to fix though, are those banners (Membership ads and cookies). Please make them a bit less annoying.
I deleted my Facebook account back in 2017. If you still have an Facebook account, maybe think again if you really need it. There's this site and Kev Quirk also wrote a list of reasons why using Facebook might be a bad idea.
Although I have no Facebook account anymore, I still use WhatsApp and Instagram. WhatsApp is really popular in Germany (despite being owned by Facebook) and without WhatsApp you would socially exclude yourself from too many things. All university groups are coordinated via WhatsApp - although I study computer science and people there have technical knowledge, it's sad… I only use it for group chats though, because almost all my contacts use Telegram.
In the past I used Instagram to share moments from my life, stay in touch with some people and get to know new people, but since I've been in a happy relationship, my Instagram usage decreased to almost zero. I will probably export everything and post pictures on PixelFed or maybe a section on my website or blog instead.
A livestream on YouTube (German) shows two moderators trying to break the Guinness World Record of the longest talk show. They have to moderate for at least 70 hours and 5 minutes (their goal is 72 hours) and only get 5 minutes per hour, which they can use for other activities (like sleeping or going to the toilet).
Although I don't mind such stupid record attempts, it's amazing to see that after almost 48 hours they're still surprisingly fit.