Twitter and performance issues have been synonymous for almost as long as Twitter has existed, turning the familiar fail whale into a common Internet meme. However, with a new update rolling out starting today, Twitter engineers are hoping for complete fail whale extinction and a better user experience.
The update will first be experienced on the tweet permalink page, which reveals another new feature with additional speed benefits: the beginning of the end for the hated hashbang.
Today’s blog post also revealed the key metric that Twitter engineers use to evaluate site speed: time to first tweet. Now Twitter is optimized to enable users to make their first tweet as quick as possible after site load. It’s a good metric: I have often waited impatiently for Twitter to load, clicking fruitlessly at the “Compose new Tweet” button.
The updates will eventually be rolled out to all Twitter pages and users across the site, but no timetable was provided.
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