Thursday Thoughts: Going Mainstream Ain’t Easy – Installing Disqus Is
Last night’s post on the growing rift between early adopters and mainstream users lingered through the night, but picked up quite some steam in the morning with a great discussion in the comments here, on FriendFeed and on Robert Scoble’s blog post about Early Adopter Angst (also in response to Alexander van Elsas’ post about the Tech Elite – funny sidenote: Robert got both Alexander’s and my name wrong…).
In his blog post, Robert says:
Early adopters DO matter. Anyone who says that they don’t needs to go back to business school.
This is why I follow 20,000 Twitterers. I want to study what early adopters are doing and thinking. Twitter is the best place — by far — to do that.
I don’t disagree there, but what I did wonder about in my original post was if a lot of the new Web 2.0 services aren’t catering exclusively to early adopters and only solve the problems of early adopters, thereby pricing themselves out of a mainstream market.
I finally took the plunge and installed Disqus here for comments. Setting it up took literally five minutes.
I hear good things about their customer service and as more and more people start switching to it, it is going to make commenting easier for a lot more people.