Why is the most important question

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Especially when it comes to technology.

If I applied this question to all of the things I am doing online, I could easily defend against technology attackers.

Why do I using Twitter? Because it connects me to mentors and peers across the country and world. At work it gives a face and an immediate, instant contact to reach our members.

Why do I use Foursquare? Because it is fun. Until this weekend I never got anything out of it. But when I became mayor of a location in a city I rarely visit, I got a complementary item. If I hadn’t checked in and become mayor, I would have never met several of the amazing wait staff.

Why do I use e-mail? To communicate with co-workers, friends and family. It’s often easier to send an email with details because an email can be referred back to when necessary. It’s a way to compile information and allow the recipient to read it at their own time. Do e-mails go unread? Yes, but more often than not, it does get opened and read.

Why do I blog? It gives me an outlet for ideas, complaints and conversations I would never have a chance to have in person. Do I think I’m an expert? No. But I do think what I have to say is valuable to my readers.

So before you jump on the newest technology wave, just to be first, as yourself what will you get out of it? Why do you want to use it? What is the value?

If the answer is just for fun, great! If the answer is to try something new, great! If it works for you, don’t let other people trample your parade.