Over the weekend I did a lot of fun things, and one not so fun thing (guess which one!):
- Opened a new bank account
- Saw Jude Law tread the boards in London town and play Hamlet
- Shared an evening with new people at a friend’s birthday party
- Shared Father’s Day with my lovely Dad
Why am I telling you all this? Well, it never, never ceases to amaze me how many times I end up talking about Mozilla and about how much people want to listen. It doesnt matter if I’m completing a horrendously long application process for a new bank account, or introducing myself to my friend’s brother — as soon as people hear the word Firefox they want to talk.
Now, I meet a lot of tech people, so I its natural that the conversation leads to tech talk — and they are 99.9% always Firefox fans. But time and time again, meeting new people who are teachers, lawyers, writers, film makers, banking staff – whether they are Firefox users or not, they want to talk about the Web. And they always have a glut of questions:
- Is Facebook safe for my kids?
- What about content? How do I stop someone pirating my film, music, tv show?
- What do I think about Google?
- What’s the future of the Web? Where will it end?
I’m refreshed to have these conversations, and am very happy to talk about the Web in all shapes and sizes. I come away happy that at some point, I’ve had another chance to evangelize for a more open Web. But, what strikes me is people are hungry for information. They *want* to have conversations about the Web. They want to debate and so they can have informed opinions, and learn from anothers’ differentiation point.
People are not naive, they know about the Web, and they have concerns and fears — and excitment and loves. But they also often need to talk it through, as well as read about what’s going on. Dont be afraid to strike up a chat on a flight, over supper, in a cab — each time you do, you’ll be helping someone better understand the beauty of the Web.
I’m delighted to see the Web play such a large role in people’s lives, and am proud that the work we do at Mozilla is directly impacting them.
** picture courtesy of soylentgreen23