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Twitter boosts Website Speed

30 May 2012

Twitter has re-engineered its website to load tweets 5 times faster, as part of efforts to maintain users' interest in browsing its constant stream of short messages. 

The overhaul is also part of a microblogging service for the next generation of web browsers, introducing more interactive features. 

“This new framework will help us rapidly develop new Twitter features, take advantage of new browser technology, and ultimately provide the best experience to as many people as possible,” The Telegraph quoted Twitter engineer Dan Webb, as saying in his blog post. 

The changes, which are currently being introduced across Twitter.com, will also do away with the "hashbang" symbol in its page addresses. 

The "#!" symbol in Twitter URLs was used to notify web browsers to fetch and render tweets requested by the user, but now the process be handled by Twitter’s own servers. 

The improvements were made after engineers investigated the “time to first tweet” that the Twitter website delivered. This statistic, based on a sample of users, measured how long between clicking on a link on Twitter.com and tweets appearing on-screen. 

The new website removes a big JavaScript processing burden, turning raw tweet data into the HTML in which web pages are encoded, from the browser and lays it on Twitter’s servers. 

“The bottom line is that the old architecture leads to slower performance because most of the code is being executed on our user’s machines rather than our own,” Web explained. 

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