Speed and user experience continue to be affected by the layers of technology placed over our core programs to feed, measure and adjust ad placements and content in real-time. This is a great example of how to speed plays out in multiple technologies.
Google’s Accelerated Mobile Page effort, which officially debuted Wednesday, includes publishers such as Vox, The Guardian, Daily Mail, BuzzFeed and the Washington Post, can deliver content through the open mobile web at blazing fast speeds.
Here’s a visual representation of how it aims to pull that off.
The mobile web version of the same story saw nearly 60.
The AMP version, however, had a total of 21.
The different bubbles mapped out in each version of the same story represent cookies that companies place on a user’s device. Some of them load quickly, while others take much longer. In the end, they all impact speed.
When compared to traditional mobile websites, AMP pages load 85% faster, Google says.
“The New York Times itself is running very fast,” Ghostery CEO and founder Scott Meyer said regarding the desktop version of the site. “But once you get beyond the Times, and into the far reaches of the ad exchanges, a lot of those companies are going to be slow to load and there will be an impact on user experience.”
AMP is a response to similar but proprietary platforms like Facebook Instant Articles and Apple News. Unlike those, however, AMP is open source, meaning anyone can use it.
One of the main reasons AMP is so fast is because, for the most part, only what’s essential is allowed. “There is not a lot on here so it is going to load a lot faster,” Mr. Meyer said regarding the NYT’s piece on AMP. “Every tag is going to load under 100 milliseconds. That’s faster versus desktop sites where the tags load a lot slower. It really shows that AMP is delivering much better speed for the ecosystem.”
So what sort of tags are on the NYT’s AMP article? There’s Chartbeat Analytics, the ComScore Scorecard measurement beacon, Moat’s viewability measure and DoubleClick. In the New York Times example, all AMP monetization goes through Google’s DoubleClick, which is certainly not the case for desktop and standard mobile.