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Speaking as a user — THIS 500 KB site is the web I want.

Speaking as someone who worries about the architecture of the web — I keep thinking that we’ve built a platform that is serves, in this example: 9% content, 91% ads and tracking.

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Yes, some of that tracking personalises the site, which you could argue is for the user — but I don’t want personal. I want to learn, which means reading viewpoints I wouldn’t have indicated a preference for.
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And yes, advertising is necessary revenue to keep the site going. I’m not against that, but wow. Delivering it this way comes with a hefty cost — in bandwidth, processing power and time it takes to load. Not to mention privacy.
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Page size also matters because bandwidth has a cost. We are working hard on 5G and fibre to support pages & sites that are getting bigger. How much would be necessary with a lighter-weight web? Or how much more could we use for streaming, VR or other high-bandwidth use cases?
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And that’s in the developed world; we’re in danger of excluding users in developing countries from much of “our” web. We could make a huge dent in the just by building sites (or “lite” versions of sites) with less bloat.
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We need to start doing better. For privacy, for bandwidth, for speed, for those of us who appreciate the value of news that isn’t personalised… We need to build a better web.
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