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The Revamped Google+ Website is Super-Fast, Lightweight and Very Responsive

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This week saw the new look Google+ website appears on both mobile and desktop web browsers.

While the company’s focus is obviously on bold looks, redesign as well as better access to Communities and Collections, there is a lot more to this update that you’d imagine.

If you had tried accessing the previous version of Google+ on a slower internet connection, you’d fast to realize how the new version has improved when it comes to loading. You will often find yourself having to wait for the home feed to load, but this is no more. Google has finally worked into removing the bloat that slowed down the load times of the app’s main page via web browsers.

Google+ is now super-fast and extremely lightweight

In the new edition of Google+ for web, you’d agree that the load time has improved greatly. The feed loads faster than you can expect and now these problems are no more. For so many years, it has been almost impossible to associate the search engine giant’s social networking platform with the word “fast”.

There is more to this information available via the official Google Developers website as the team tries to explain the rationale and methods for some of the made changes in the new version. According to Google, the new weight of the app’s home page has reduced from a massive 22.6MB to just 327KB. The request count now stands at 45, down from 251 while the average load time for a given page has shifted from 12 seconds to just 3 seconds. Can you imagine what these improvements mean to someone using a slow internet connection?

Sacrificing functionality for speed

With every improvement, it seems there is some downside alongside the development. In this case, while there are huge improvements in the load time speed of Google+, lots of functionality and usability capabilities have been stripped from the app to give room for these improvements.

In the new version, for instance, for one to interact with a post, s/he needs to click first in order to open it. This means that for you to read a full post, comment, plus, report or edit it, among other interactions, you will have to do a lot more than before. However, there is word that these features might show up in the app’s home feed once the company is done with the roll out.