How late adopters get into social media

See, the early adopters are forgetting to study how the late adopters actually do get involved in our worlds.

Those in the social media worlds seem to often forget that it’s still a Google World. Most normal people who aren’t frantically checking FriendFeed or Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn all day long are just hanging back doing 1998-style searches for stuff. And most of those, in my experience, are using Google. So I call it a Google World now for late adopters.

Lately a BUNCH have showed up here looking for info about recession. I couldn’t figure it out, until I looked at my referer log, then looked at Google.

Here, do a Google search for “recession 2008.”

Hundreds of people do that, or one for just plain old “recession” every day for MONTHS.

Welcome late adopters.

OK, OK, I see that people are saying that we should stop calling our latest economic troubles a recession because, well, technically we’re not in a recession.

So, we need a new term for what we’re going through.

We’re not jobless, but our paychecks in the US are worth less and less every day thanks to a combination of dollar weakness and oil price increases.
Our home prices, according to Zillow and our neighbors have gone down so much that we won’t be able to sell our home and come out ahead anymore. Our equity is gone, and that’s if you’re one of those who still can afford to make payments. If you are one of the unlucky ones who didn’t plan ahead you now are renting some cruddy apartment and your credit is in the toilet.
We’re still paying for a war by printing more funny money, which means there will continue to be pressures on our economy.

Maybe we’re not in a recession, but we’re in a deep hole of economic dung. DHED. You heard it first here.

If you’re a late adopter and don’t know about all that newfangled RSS stuff, not to mention you haven’t heard of Twitter yet, not to mention FriendFeed, that’s OK. We love you just the same. Hope you visit again sometime thanks to the wonderful quirky Google World.

Oh, and if you are a late adopter and you see this thing called FriendFeed over on the right side of my blog? Ignore it. You won’t need to know much about it for at least six more years. Not to mention, don’t think of watching those FastCompany.tv videos we’ve been shooting. Someone might see you watching videos and think you’re on YouTube or something.

110 thoughts on “How late adopters get into social media

  1. Hello there. I was sent a link to your blog by a friend a while ago. I have been reading a long for a while now. Just wanted to say HI. Thanks for putting in all the hard work.

    neo

  2. Hello there. I was sent a link to your blog by a friend a while ago. I have been reading a long for a while now. Just wanted to say HI. Thanks for putting in all the hard work.

    neo

  3. Post doesn’t really seem to add any real value to anything other than disguise more search engine gaming.

    Twitter and Friendfeed hardly define early adopters…really just focuses in on those that have far too much time available to them…god bless them all as they continue to make a lot of us very wealthy…

    1 tweet per second = lame and also inherantly identifies a service with a limited life.

  4. Post doesn’t really seem to add any real value to anything other than disguise more search engine gaming.

    Twitter and Friendfeed hardly define early adopters…really just focuses in on those that have far too much time available to them…god bless them all as they continue to make a lot of us very wealthy…

    1 tweet per second = lame and also inherantly identifies a service with a limited life.

  5. I am sorry, Twitter and Friend feed are hobbies. They most likely will not revolutionize the world. The late adopters you are talking about will probably never get involved in them.

    Why?

    Because they took too much time for not enough benefit. I can communicate in Facebook or Email what I can communicate in Twitter. Facebook is great because it helps you reconnect with old friends and share with your current friends. But, twitter and Friendfeed, like someone said above take a lot of work to really get a benefit.

    You must remember people in this world are into different things. Some collect stamps and some stay online and broadcast themselves online 24/7.

    Is there anything wrong with Twitter or Friendfeed know, but it will not change the world, because they are very targeted to a niche audience, who want to spend their whole lives online.

    Of course I could be wrong about this. Twitter and Friendfeed will grow in popularity but they will never reach the mass adoption of google which prides itself on only taking up a small portion of your day.

  6. I am sorry, Twitter and Friend feed are hobbies. They most likely will not revolutionize the world. The late adopters you are talking about will probably never get involved in them.

    Why?

    Because they took too much time for not enough benefit. I can communicate in Facebook or Email what I can communicate in Twitter. Facebook is great because it helps you reconnect with old friends and share with your current friends. But, twitter and Friendfeed, like someone said above take a lot of work to really get a benefit.

    You must remember people in this world are into different things. Some collect stamps and some stay online and broadcast themselves online 24/7.

    Is there anything wrong with Twitter or Friendfeed know, but it will not change the world, because they are very targeted to a niche audience, who want to spend their whole lives online.

    Of course I could be wrong about this. Twitter and Friendfeed will grow in popularity but they will never reach the mass adoption of google which prides itself on only taking up a small portion of your day.

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