Article Speed

I was reading:
http://www.searchengineworld.com/misc/guide.htm

Here is an excerpt:

“Speed isn’t everything, it’s almost the only thing. Your site should respond almost instantly to a request. If you get into even 3-4 seconds delay until “something happens” in the browser, you are in long term trouble. That 3-4 seconds response time may vary for site destined to live in other countries than your native one. The site should respond locally within 3-4 seconds (max) to any request. Longer than that, and you’ll lose 10% of your audience for every second. That 10% could be the difference between success and not.”


It got me thinking that the speed that we serve up this site is about 200% slower than I’d like to be serving up every request.

Tell me: Could you post a comment to this blog entry and tell me how fast the average article on our site loads for you?

Let us know what part of the world you are from and what your connection/bandwidth speed is if you know it.

I’d like to know in terms of fractions of a second. If the page loads in half a second or 1.5 seconds or 4 seconds or 2.5 seconds….let us know.

Thanks!

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GK Lim writes:

I’m based in Kuala Lumpur, and I’m on broadband. In my opinion, when a visitor really wants something, he/she doesn’t mind a slight delay. If a visitor is in it for fun and has no intention of buying anything, his attention span is short — and even if you are fast, he’ll ho-hum the info and go on to whatever he wants to do next. Again, it’s my opinion.

Comment provided March 7, 2005 at 9:51 PM

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