May 30, 2012 at 12:50 PM ET
Can't get your Twitter fix fast enough? Maybe now you can; the short messaging site says it has sped up page load times so that the microblogging service is even more nimble.
You can see for yourself if you notice a difference (I did), and get a detailed explanation of what steps were taken, on Twitter's blog.
In short — and to be quick (like Twitter) — engineering manager Dan Webb (what a lucky name!) writes:
To improve the twitter.com experience for everyone, we've been working to take back control of our front-end performance by moving the rendering to the server. This has allowed us to drop our initial page load times to 1/5th of what they were previously and reduce differences in performance across browsers.
There are other improvements, as well, from inside the Twitter machine:
The changes are welcome; as Webb noted, the last major speed improvements were made in September 2010 — many billions of tweets ago.