Thankfully, his penchant for making me think to the point of paralysis has not changed in that time.
Funny how slow our generation is about getting on facebook. I've been putting it off for years it seems like.
Now - this came from the guy who got me involved in one of the earliest iterations of online social networking in the form of Virginia Tech's bulletin boards. We're talking 1988. (Procomm Plus and 19.2K modems anyone?)
So why did we, former pioneers in online communication, take so long to adopt Facebook?
I came up with the following list of excuses.
- Facebook does not solve an immediate problem. (No, it never dawned on me that folks I haven't talked to in 20 years would actually want to contact me. Facebook has been great for that).
- We have other priorities. (True - MZ has a wife, kids, professional job. All require attention.)
- How many new technologies can we learn? (Lots, apparently.)
- Do we really want all of our "stuff" out there? (Still grappling with this one. How much to expose. What will get me in "trouble" later).
I then promptly realized that all of these excuses don't really get to the core of the issue. And I'm not entirely certain what that core is.
So why is it taking so long for us 35+ folks to adopt Facebook and other social networking technologies?