I’m big on looking for the next cool thing. I started blogging on Diaryland in 2001. I started doing NaNoWriMo in 2002 before it exploded in popularity. Facebook became part of my life in 2005 the day I obtained a .edu address, back when it was limited to college students. I wrote a paper on Pluto’s deplaneting and how various Internet communities reacted and presented it at my alma mater’s research symposium in 2007, long before social media became a buzzword.
I haven’t caught every cool thing, though. Twitter is one of them, in part because I thought it was silly. Because of my interest in finding the next cool thing, I enjoy adopting new things early because you never know what will become huge, and you could have missed out. That’s what happened to one Redditor. Zestyping met Larry Page in 1998 back before Google got big, and Zestyping turned down his offer to pursue a job at Google. Why? Because the world didn’t need another search engine. Look what happened since then.
Lesson? You never know. I’m still looking for the next cool thing. What is it? I’m not sure, but I have a few guesses. More on that when I’m actually alert.