Every once in a while I come across a comment about 9rules saying how the community is either dying or isn’t what it used to be. “Dying” in this case usually means the original spirit of 9rules is gone where we were simply a link directory pointing people to sites with great content. Then we evolved into more of a portal where you could get snippets of content, but still find the great content. Following that came 9rules Notes and my.9r, which allowed anyone on the web to take part in 9rules in one form or another. We didn’t die or bury our mission, we simply evolved to continue to grow and survive.
But that is how people feel many times when they are involved with a company since the beginning. How many people dreaded to hear that Google was working on webmail or an office suite? Why couldn’t they just stick to search without any ads? There is a huge difference between improving your company and sticking to your goals and simply changing direction, but we all know nobody stays stagnant and survives for very long.
What’s interesting though is that during these times you usually find a new competitor starting to make waves. When Yahoo became more than a search engine and site directory, Google was able to step in with a simplistic design. Google is starting to do what Yahoo did during the late 90’s adding more and more features to their arsenal, but in a surprising twist keeping the main page about search. That makes it very difficult for anyone to take them over in the search arena while they can still put pressure on others in various fields.
Sony and Microsoft became so captivated by trying to make a device that became your everything for your living room while Nintendo just stepped in and did one thing well. However, how will Nintendo continue to grow in the future? Will there be a time where they also allow their device to play DVDs or add peripherals that can let you stream music?
You see no matter what you do as a company there will come a time where some people don’t like what is going on because they have grown accustomed to what they like. However, if you are staying with the same goals that got you there in the first place everything should work out just fine.
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