Liz Gannes

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Google+ Gives Early Platform Access to Brands

Google+ today took another step toward being a social platform by announcing it had enabled six social media management tools — Buddy Media, Context Optional, Hearsay Social, Hootsuite, Involver and Vitrue — to plug into brand pages (Involver, for its part, says it will limit participation to 20 hand-selected customers). The partners are getting fairly limited tools (Circle management, publishing and monitoring), but it means that brands will be able to use the same tools for multiple social networks.

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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