Friend Links are a tool for writers to guarantee that friends, family, and fans have free access to their stories.
When your story is behind our metered paywall, anyone can still instantly read your work — even those without Medium accounts. But once someone has read all the free stories in their member preview for the month, they’ll need to upgrade for $5/month to read additional paywalled stories that month.
If your story is not behind our paywall, it's already free for all to read, either using the friend link or the URL of the story.
We understand there are moments where you want to make sure friends, family, and fans can read your work no matter what, so we created a handy Friend Link that gives anyone free access to your story — even if they’re not a subscribing Medium member and have already read all their complimentary stories for the month.
Authors receive Friend Links for every story that’s behind our metered paywall. You can share a Friend Link directly to, well, friends or through any social media platform.
Sharing a Friend Link
- Visit the story page for any of your stories behind our metered paywall.
- Click the button in the top-right corner.
- Choose Share Friend Link from the menu.
- Copy your custom Friend Link and share away! Anyone who uses this link will have free access. It’s really that simple.
Note: You can only share a Friend Link from desktop. If your story is in a Publication, the editors of that publication are able to see and share your Friend Link as well.
You can share a Friend Link with anyone. As long as they have that link, they’ll have free access. And people can share it with other people too — it doesn’t just have to come from you. They will need to receive the link from you, however — only the author can see the Friend Link when viewing their stories.