If you’re a geek, chances are, you’ll always get excited about the latest and greatest out there. You’ll always seem to hear the most breaking news before the world does, especially if it revolves anything to do with technology, or even science.
For the longest time, I liked this because it meant I could help push the advances of technology along to people. That with new developments, comes new potentials that would help shape community and culture for a better future. These days though, not so much, because I realise that despite all my enthusiasm for something new and refreshing; people, especially non geeks, are not ready for new tech and for the most part, unless they have a creative mind, most people do not have the foresight to see potential in new technology, often dismissing it as a pointless exercise.
One of the more vivid examples of this was when I tried to introduce Facebook to people. Back then before it became the giant it was now, you could only sign up with a .edu email address which they slowly expanded to using other emails. It had no apps or games. It was just a simple straightforward site dedicated to keeping track of your friends. I knew it had potential to be big, so I invited people to use it. Most people refused, citing that they saw no point of social networks or the fact that they were on other social networks of that time like MySpace or Friendster. It was disappointing, but when Facebook exploded a year or 2 later, I was swamped with friend requests words of praises from the same people who scoffed at my offer before.
By then of course, I had grown tired of Facebook, being on for such a long time and watching it slowly degrade into a mess of third party apps and games. I outgrew my love for it just when people were starting to fall in love with it and it’s not the only example. The same thing happened when I tried to introduce non geek people to Twitter back when it just got out of beta. I knew it had potential, but it was hard to convince the people I know of a reason to use it. It’s the same with WordPress, Dropbox, the Xbox and plenty more.
So eventually, I stopped telling people about the new, ingenious, geeky things out there. I stopped trying to push potential to a world around me that would always rather ask me why than why not. You could say I’ve become selfish with the knowledge I hoard, but is it really selfish when you tire of trying to convince people of the goodness that can come out of it?
Maybe I’m a hipster of geek knowledge, liking something people have never heard off and tiring of it once the mainstream catches up, and the thought of me being that scares me. It’s just that at the end of the day, I have to remember that even if I’m a geek, most people aren’t. The same kind of people who mostly don’t know how to use the search function on their computers let alone be well versed in Google-fu. The same kind of people would use something less than what it was intended for than even maximising its use, let alone trying to use it for something more than it was intended for.
Most people only care about such things when they are ready for it and when it fits their needs. They don’t need me to tell them how good it is and what other great things can come of it. They just want to know how it can work for them for that moment. Who am I to stop them from feeling amazed over new tech they have found? I know how that feels and that’s a good feeling.
It just irks me that by doing this, by hoarding my what I know rather than trying to push it the the people, a lot of ideas that have the potential to be great, fade away and/or die off. I just have to accept that for new technology to survive today, it’s got to have the ability to appeal to the mainstream rather than just the geeks. As much as I hate that great ideas have to factor that into their build, I know all too well that my word of mouth has never been influential enough to make a difference to the people I know that aren’t geeks.
So I still remain the geek “hipster” among my crowd, the cornucopia of tech news and concepts and the one that’s probably applied, registered, done and built it long before most people he knows has. It may be a little sad and often quite lonely, but when it comes down to it, I’m a person who loves what he’s doing, does exactly what he wants to do and has the will and the means to pay for the things and lifestyle he loves.
That’s pretty much a win right there don’t you think?