martinibuster - 6:52 pm on Oct 21, 2011 (gmt 0) [edited by: martinibuster at 7:07 pm (utc) on Oct 21, 2011]
If it's not a damn algorithm threatening your business it's any myriad changes, take your pick. Start with the changing face of the Internet where blogs ruled for a time. That's passed. Social Networking sites arose allowing self-expression in closed systems, some of them withered (MySpace). Now people are connecting with each other over Facebook and to an unknown extent on Twitter.
The current disruption is the change from the computer to the hand-held mobile devices, which itself is still in transition. Some sites that rely on at-home/at-work visitors are losing traffic and the acquisition rate of new visitors is declining, particularly if their sites break on mobile devices.
HTML5 is not only changing the face of how the web is accessed but changing what the web is, what a site is or is not.
All of these changes are destructive but they are also opportunities. Is Panda an opportunity? Yes, no doubt for those that are pushed up. And like all other changes, it's a nudge or kick in the pants for someone else.
Back in April 2006 I posted this:
Every decade seems to have it's opportunities. But I do get the feeling that we are in the beginning of something that's bigger... and is going to morph into something bigger than the internet.
Internet on the Go
Mobile phone and PDA internet connectivity may create a side industry that can grow the local search area. That in itself will spur development of mobile friendly websites. Or perhaps a new specification for mobile that can convert a feed into a mobile-friendly website will develop...
...All of this is evolution and morphing and the only limit to that is imagination.
The above was written a year before the iPhone smartphone was introduced, just prior to the transition we are currently in began.
The OP is moving on. That's transition. Nothing stays the same, everything is fluid.
[edited by: martinibuster at 7:07 pm (utc) on Oct 21, 2011]