Wow, I’m just getting hit left and right by acquisitions. First, I’ve used Flickr for several months before being bought by Yahoo. Now, I’ve used Skype for several months before being bought by Ebay. It seems I am not an early adopter because it is not years before the company gets bought but rather I am part of the (large enough) crowd that influences the big companies enough for them to consider buying.
Big companies mean more resources but less bottom-up ingenuity.