Friday, March 6, 2009

5 steps to becoming a web 2.0 early adopter

The VoodooLogic Method to becoming an early adopter:

I feel my method is as bare-bones as in order to surf sites quickly, organize your account credentials, publish and share your findings.

I wrote this because it's become apparent that there are so many applications out there that end users don't need to be techie to create really cool/useful sites. We are digital DJ's, mixing user apps on web pages to rock our audience. All you need is a good sense of style and utility to dive in. And now is a great time to be an early adopter who is well versed in the best the web has to offer. Have fun being a power user and remember, never pay for software.

I am assuming you have plenty of social networks that you enjoy using. If not, you won't really care about Web 2.o.

1. Firefox

Firefox is a highly customizable browser. The additional add-ons help you customize your browsing experience. The best way I've heard Firefox explained is that it is like vanilla ice cream and its add-ons that act like toppings to make the browser a real treat.

2. StumbleUpon- surfing with speed

StumbleUpon is an add-on for Firefox and is the essential key to this post. Based on some initial criteria you set, Stumbleupon will display a random site with a click of a button. It gets rave reviews on the web and with the right settings you can become a guru.

Setup your account and select some interests. Make sure to include web development, Internet tools, and Firefox. Additionally, select humor - because it's funny. :P

That's pretty much all you need. By pressing thumbs up, you direct traffic to those sites you like. While at the office, you can stumble 3 pages in the time it takes to print an average work document. Even the busiest person can passively surf through the bleeding edge of the Internet. This kind of frequency lets you peruse websites quickly and getting to the real web gems. (You can even give this post a thumbs up!!)

3. Keepass

Once you discover a site to try, Keypass is going to help you keep your account user-names and passwords organized.


**But you can't leave it there. You'll need to prove among your friends you know what's cool right now.**

4. Delicious


Set up an account. Next, add the delicious firefox add-on. Now, you aren't just pressing "thumbs up," now you can catalog sites you like into your personal online bookmarking system.

Great, now we've created two layers of bookmarking. Stumbleupon's 'thumbs up' (an RSS feed) and delicisious' bookmarks for when you want to return to a site. The add-on also integrates your browser's bookmarks with your delicious account.

**This is the next layer is going to solidify your reputation of being a someone who's always in the know.**

5. Sharaholic

I really like the sharaholic add-on. make tagging websites your various social networks easy. real easy. This tool give you simple access to your social networks to share your web-app gold.



"As a certified social networking and link-sharing addict, Shareaholic has become my favorite new enabler!"
- Veronica Belmont, Host of Tekzilla on Revision3 and Qore on PSN

This 5 pieces of software are layered by relevance. Firefox being the most critical because it is the platform I built the entire model on.

There are many other ways of familiarizing yourself with the latest technology. For instance, I could tell you to bookmark an RSS feed like Makeuseof.com, this is a very informative site that lets you check out lots of new stuff. However, my strategy incorporates this by bookmarking these feeds in delicious as you stumble them. I would consider this to be another layer of relevancy that is a bit too cumbersome for my bare-bones method.



D9C

Also, be sure to check out Linux as a free desktop solution. I've found it an adequate alternative to Windows XP and Vista for several years now. I'm just waiting for everyone else to catch on to the trend. ;)

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