3 Tips To Becoming An Early Adopter

If you follow my blog posts you will probably recall my frequent struggles with technology.

Two years ago (when I started with the company) we were given iPods for Christmas. I admit I actually didn’t know what an iPod was. Thankfully I have come a LONG way. Unfortunately I still have pretty far to go if I want to achieve early adopter status, SO I have made it my New Year’s resolution to move up in the path of product adoption.

My journey won’t be easy, and if you are like me you will need lots of help. Here are three tips that have helped me so far:

  1. Change your default browser: I remember some fictitious story last summer about Internet Explorer users having a lower Intelligence Quotient than users of other browsers. Having once qualified for Mensa myself, I had a feeling it was fake, and it was. However it did make a point that stuck with me for a while. Bogus or not, I was not interested in being labeled either dumb or someone who was ‘resistant to change’.
  2. Make friends with early adopters and innovators. If I didn’t have my coworker Ryan constantly making fun of me, I might not learn anything. Go find yourself some tech-friendly folks and learn from them. For some of you this may be your kids.
  3. Read industry blogs. Most of my knowledge has come from reading tech blogs. The great thing about blogs is that they are usually written at a very low grade level, so you don’t have to struggle with comprehending the content. Tech Republic has a great blog. They report on current technology and I always understand everything they are talking about. Best of all, they inject humor in it as well.

I promise to report back at some point throughout the season, but just don’t expect to find me camped outside an Apple store anytime soon.

Ryan Majeau

Ryan loves technology, reading and writing about new trends or playing with new gadgets—and yes he uses three monitors. Ryan is guilty of drinking the kool-aid every now and then, is a bit of a Facebook junkie and a devout Apple fanboy (in case you couldn’t tell).