The Rise of Pinterest and the Fall of the Hippie Male Early Adopters
Pinterest.com is the latest and greatest internet site to rise up and it has received a LOT of press. The funny thing is, I didn’t find out about it until my wife told me to join. That’s right, my wife.
Now, let’s take a step back here and understand a little bit more about me. I’m a nerd at heart and consider myself a technology hippie. That is, I like websites before they were cool. I’m an early adopter and tend to hear about new technologies, websites & mobile apps before anyone else.
I joined Facebook within a few months of it launching in 2004, I was watching Youtube clips before anyone knew what Youtube was, I was Googling before Googling was a thing & I predicted the fall of Myspace. I prided myself on knowing what was going to be a thing, and spreading the word once I found a website that I liked.
I was the filter. I was the one who chose what websites were going to be a thing or not. Today, I am writing to say that I am no longer needed & Pinterest has proven that fact. Pinterest is comprised of 68.2% women! This bucks the trend of males adopting the site early & then the women following on soon after.
After some research, the site actually launched in 2010, but then really hit mainstream at the end of 2011. Women decided this was going to be a thing and they made it a thing. I don’t have facts to back this up, but I don’t think it was tech women who pushed this site through either.
You know who I blame for all of this?:Facebook & Twitter. Facebook and twitter have made it extremely easy to share items with friends & followers that the early adopters aren’t as effective as they were before. Once it spreads, it spreads out of control and the tech hippies can do nothing about it. The only thing that we control now is what virus software gets installed on our friends computers, because that’s still a little too techy to be mainstream. But, we have no control of what gets shared and how our friends access those shares. It’s a crazy world out there, and it’s time I except my place in history.
Pinterest is a game changer in the fact that it didn’t need me to make it a thing, it needed my wife. It actually probably avoided me. The services we helped promote early on (twitter & facebook), are now used to find cool sites before we knew they were cool. Don’t they know their roots! How dare they do this to such a loyal community.
For the rest of us early adopters out there, have peace in knowing that we did our job while we could and we did it with pride, honesty & humility.