Peter Kafka

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Twitter Puts "@EarlyBird" Down for a Long Nap

As Twitter continues to roll out new revenue products, it is also putting some away. Twitter is “setting aside” its “@earlybird” shopping promotional product, COO Dick Costolo said today at an Advertising Week event. Costolo left open the possibility that Twitter could revamp the product and bring it back, but I wouldn’t count on it–too much work to do on its primary products: Promoted Tweets and Promoted Trends, which will be joined shortly by Promoted Accounts. Meanwhile, Costolo gave at least one hint of nonrevenue products the company is working on: It’s trying to figure out a better way to let people know about real-time Twitter coverage of events, he said.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work