I wrote a post earlier this week about being tired of Facebook.
An interesting comment was how my view on Facebook reflects the fact that as someone really involved with the Web (aka online way too much!), I was hungry to try out new services/applications, and at the same time, impatient to move on to the next cool thing. This approach contrasts with probably 99% of online users who move slower and take more time to embrace a new service such as Facebook.
So as the “cool kids” such as Jason Calacanis ditch the “old” to move on to the “new”, most everything else is just starting to get used to the new or hasn’t even tried the new out yet.
Realizing the chasm between the leading/bleeding edge and the mainstream is important because they are two distinct groups with different needs, behaviours and roles.
While the in crowd may set the tone and determine whether a service is valuable/useful/needs improvement, the mainstream will eventually determine whether the service is going to be commercially viable.
More: In keeping with the theme of this post, it’s interesting to read about Pownce in today’s New York Times, and how it’s got “street cred” by opening itself up on an invite-only basis.
It’s interesting to see Pownce get this kind of coverage given it’s really just another social networking/P2P service – albeit started by an entrepreneur – Digg’s Kevin Rose – with a relatively high profile.
Having used Pownce, it’s an interesting service but I don’t share the enthusiasm that Om Malik (an insider’s insider within the Web 2.0 landscape) exudes in the NYT story.
To me, the most interesting part of Pownce is how you can share files (music, video, etc.) with friends using P2P technology. For content producers worried about the economic threats of P2P, Pownce could be a huge nightmare if it gets any kind of traction.