Twitter Redesigns Homepage: What's This Mean for Performance?

On its blog yesterday, Twitter announced that it is redesigning its homepage to incorporate more dynamic content, and update in real time what people are tweeting about, who's on the page, and what the big trending topics are. According to Twitter:

"The homepage now features a set of algorithmically-selected top tweets that automatically appear every few seconds. It also highlights a random sampling of suggested sources; hover over any of them to see a profile summary and their latest tweet. Trending topics now scroll across the page, allowing us to present a large set of trends using little page real estate. Hovering over some of these trends will show a description explaining why the keyword is (or has recently been) popular."

Twitter's no stranger to performance issues. The micro-blogging site often displays an inability to scale to accommodate heavy levels of traffic, such as what was experienced this year during the Super Bowl and immediately following the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

So I think the major question as Twitter incorporates all of the changes is, how will the new features on Twitter's homepage affect its ability to respond quickly and stay online for users? Stay tuned ...


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