Twitter yesterday announced several major infrastructure changes that it would roll out to its site in the coming weeks on the Twitter Engineering blog. The changes are all aimed at optimizing speeds on Twitter, not only for displaying pages to users, but also when writing tweets.
According to Dan Webb, Twitter's Engineering Manager, the company decided to move the rendering to the server which dropped the initial page loading time to 1/5th of what it has been on the old Twitter architecture. Users benefit from this approach as well as their browser's rendering performance now has less of an impact when it comes to these loading times.
In addition, permalink urls on Twitter are no longer using hasbangs (#!) to reduce page loading times on pages that made use of them further. The removal gets rid of a lengthy process that Webb describes in the blog post:
Twitter users will find that part of the architectural changes are already in place, for instance on the permalink pages, while other changes are going to be rolled out in the coming weeks. Are you noticing speed improvements when opening permalinks on Twitter?
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