Here’s the script.
“Hey Ry, Firefox crashed again!”
“What were you on?”
“I was on Farmville…”
“So you’re on Facebook using Flash. You’re asking for trouble…”
I admit, it wasn’t as bad as it used to be. In the past, I would show my parents every time that Facebook is absolutely ridiculous by loading anywhere between 15 and 30 external resources. There is no speed when loading that much junk. When inspecting via firebug now, I don’t have an issue with only an initial load of a single file. CSS requests still number at 5 on the homepage though.
Millions of people use both Firefox and Facebook. How come they never had any of these problems? Did they all have 8gb of memory and quad-core processors? I doubt it. Maybe they weren’t as intensive users as my parents were? I doubt that too. I just don’t know. Maybe they did experience those problems but they lived with them and never really knew any other way to describe the problem, becuase that’s just how computers are? Probably.
The biggest problem with Facebook is the speed overall. The facebook parts, like the homepage and profiles do load faster than they used to. But the apps don’t. I understand that facebook doesn’t have anything to do with the apps. But do my parents know that? Do most people? I doubt it. Remember when AOL used to be the internet? It’s the same now, a limited scope, a narrowed preception, a vision of everything inside of the Facebook frame and domain is Facebook.
Can you imagine a world where Apple apps on the iPhone are blazing fast and third party apps aren’t? Most people, I can only believe, know the difference between the 9 Apple apps and the thousands of third party apps. If the case were made that third party apps are slower, like they are Facebook, people wouldn’t like it. They’d hate it. Apps are the point of the iPhone. For most people too, they are the point of Facebook.
This microrant is finished. Don’t get me started on Flash!