I spoke to two community college classes this morning about technology and the internet. I took a quick poll and was amazed at how few of them had ever bought or sold anything on eBay. It isn’t like eBay is some new tool, but most of them had never used it.
I think it is important to invest time in trying out new tools. Obviously you can go overboard and waste time playing with everything that comes out, but if you don’t try out something new, you won’t have the experience to understand when the tool could really help you.
For these college students, I suggested that they all take the time to buy and sell something on eBay. Preferably something cheap so if they mess up they don’t lose much. Getting the initial learning experience out of the way when the stakes are low, is a good way to prepare for the future.
The fact that so many of them hadn’t used eBay really surprised me, but it is motivating me to look for areas where I haven’t tried out new things. You have to invest some time now, so you can save time later. Not every investment will pay off, but if you are careful with your investments you will come out ahead in the long run.
Okay, I’m off to make a list of online tools or services that I haven’t tried out yet.