Google Plus, Scarcity and Sharing

Looking for a signal that our economy has moved from scarcity to abundance? Look no further than the launch of Google+ and compare it to the sister app, Wave, launched less than two years ago. In October 2009, Google launched a not-quite-ready for prime time product. There was a virtual stampede for invitations, which were doled out slowly and in small amounts. Less than a year later, Google would retire Wave. It's June 2011. Google launched G+ on Wednesday; early participants could play but not invite anyone. But by late afternoon Thursday, invitations were running wild, although Google did eventually pull the plug. The Google+ interface suggested I could invite 500 people at a time; that's what Marshall Kirkpatrick (@marshallk, ReadWriteWeb) says that he did:…continue reading →

GoogleDoodle Taps 7-Year-Old Artist

Seven-year-old Matteo Lopez of South San Francisco CA walked away with the top prize in the GoogleDoodle contest. His vision of "Space Life" led the 107,000 entries. His goal: [To] become an astronaut and explore space life. I want to wear a space suit, fly in space, walk on the moon and make friends with aliens in other planets. As the contest winner, Lopez wins not only a $15,000 college scholarship and a netbook, but his drawing is being featured on the Google U.S. homepage all day today. Moreover, Google is giving his school a $25,000 technology grant. The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York will display the top 40 regional finalists through June 16; the exhibit will be mirrored at SFMOMA in San Francisco from May 20 through July 19. :: WiredPen permalink : Follow me on Twitter!continue reading →