First World Wisdom: The early adopter catches the bugs
Be on the cutting edge and you get to experience the pleasure and the pain. We used to say the early bird catches the worm because you pick up the fresh opportunities. With a fast moving technology landscape we now have to take the good with the bad. We get the edge but we may need to absorb the bugs in early development.
First World Wisdom: The best things in life are ad supported
It used to read “the best things in life are free”, now we have the free apps, the free web services and even the occasional software all paid for by ‘ads’. Sign away your consumer rights and First World Wisdom will ensure the best things in life are still ad supported.
First World Wisdom: Privacy is the Best Policy
What do you think? Is Honesty or Privacy the best policy? First World Wisdom says you can be transparent and still keep your life appropriately private. When setting up a social media account understand the channel providers are encouraging you to share. Head straight into their settings and change the defaults to all ‘private’, then one by one turn on the things you want to share.
First World Wisdom: Don’t bite the hand that provides feeds for you
Nurturing relationships for long term benefits is great advice. First World Wisdom warns us not to bite the sources that provide us with content. Like the horse that should take care not to bite the hand that feeds it for fear of losing out on tomorrow’s lunch we should protect our content relationships.
First World Wisdom: The road to monetization is paved with good intentions
Like the road to hell, running out of funds is just as treacherous to the business. First World Wisdom warns us we can have great intentions for our content but we need to put in the hard work to make sure our income model is right as well.
First World Wisdom: Seeing on Facebook is Believing
Old school wisdom would say that like doubting Thomas I need to see and touch to believe. Then we used to say if its in the newspaper it must be true. First World Wisdom is warning us we now have a new level of gullibility where if its on Facebook it must be true. Take a step back, deep breaths, blink and check! Sites like www.scopes.com very quickly cut through the urban myth.
First World Wisdom: Give source links where source links are due
Giving credit where credit is due is old school and appropriate for First World Wisdom. Online, if you know where a source came from its great to add a tagline or website link to the source of the inspiration. Sometimes doing a quick Google search will make it clear and other times its simply a void. When publishing put a tag back to yourself as a source.
First World Wisdom: Hell Hath No Fury Like a Troll
First World Wisdom warns us that the troll is the hidden espionage expert online. Knowing how to create mayhem, they stir comments forums and social networks to add adversity and diversity. Some do it simply for the maniacal fun while others are trying to make a philosophical point without the social grace or intelligence to engage on a human level. Watch out for the trolls beneath your virtual bridge.
First World Wisdom: If you can’t beat them, get acquired by them
Some of the most amazing technology stories are being told by people who recognised they built the best cog in the world. First World Wisdom shows that if you see you have the best darn cog then sell it to the best clock maker. Waze and Instagram walked away with $1 Billion each for their high quality solutions that tempted Google and Facebook.
First World Wisdom: The request that caused the denial of service attack.
For some its the match that started the bush fire or the face that launched a thousand ships. Even in First World Wisdom we recognise that the good and the bad can happen from one little request sent in error. Lets add ‘think before you leap’ in there for good measure.