At the beginning of a new “thing” that thing is usually pretty difficult. When I started my first weather information provider I had to connect the phone line to the modem in the old 386 computer, dial the number, listen to the tone (you’ll remember if you are old enough), and wait for the difax charts to download, one by one…..at 9600 baud. Not many people did that at that time. Too hard.
Back in the day, if you wanted a blog you had to find a host, upload the software, understand domain registrars and keep up with the security updates. Too hard. Today, we have WordPress, or Tumblr, and anyone can have a blog.
A lot of “things” develop like this. A process is created by some visionary who uses string and bubblegum and tinfoil. He/she and a small group of early adopters have some fun testing the bounds of the new “thing” and the rest of the world looks at them and laughs.
After a period of time, and further development, the “thing” evolves into something that everyone can easily use. The “thing” gets pushed over The Easy Cliff.
I’m watching the Google Hangout space and it is pretty interesting, and moving fast. If you are not on Google+, get there (hint: for clues follow +Sarah Hill) and watch for more on Google Glass. We’re going over The Cliff.