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Mitch Ratcliffe
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Olde-time journalist and startup guy. Now returning to startups and project work after five years at Microsoft and Hibu.
Olde-time journalist and startup guy. Now returning to startups and project work after five years at Microsoft and Hibu.

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This week, our “Americans at Work” photo essay features photographs of millennial freelancers living in Los Angeles made by photographer Jessica Chou: “A full-time job with one employer has been the norm for decades, but in recent years, the gig economy…

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From my perspective, the long-range usefulness of Google+ is likely to depend on three main factors. In order of importance (to me):

1. Enhancements to give users much better ways to take advantage of the built-in granularity of sharing and privacy. The noise problem requires this solution. I have a hundred ideas for how I'd like to see it happen, including things Google itself could do within the browser experience. But the better way to get this (and much more) will be via a diverse ecosystem of third-party tools and add-ons, which will in turn rely on:

2.The quality of the API set that Google releases for G+. If it's designed and deployed to encourage experimentation, extensibility and openness, we'll be in great shape. If not, not. A great API will also have an impact on:

3. Integration with the larger Web, starting with Google itself. I'm not much of a GMailer, but I do use Reader, Calendar and Docs, not to mention a host of API-enabled services elsewhere online. I take for granted the integration of G+ and the rest of Google, but this could be much, much bigger.
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