Call me old-fashioned, but most of my Twitter interactions are done via desktop PCs, with the Twitter website serving as my primary interface. And it's terrible. Use it for even a short period and it'll start to chug, forcing one to close and reopen the tab (in Chrome at least) to get normal performance back. Only recently did I stumble upon a fix — the mobile site.
This article was originally published on September 23 at 14:00
A lot of the time, mobile sites have stripped-down functionality, and are designed to work across a full viewport, leaving you with something that looks like "My First Website" when loaded on desktop.
Not only is it extremely usable, I'd argue it's way better than the desktop version. Having used it now for a few days, I've yet to see the gradual loss in performance I'd get with the regular site and in general, it's just a slimmer, slicker experience.
You can even turn on the "Data Saver" option for an extra speed boost. It stops GIFs and images loading automatically, but you can view them with a simple click.
One of the most popular topics on Twitter right now seems to be whether or not to leave Twitter. Abuse runs rampant on the 'microblogging' platform, and every day I see complaints that its moderators aren't keeping harassment and bad behaviour in check.
I'm sure Twitter isn't the only site where the mobile experience is better than the desktop one, so be sure to try the switch elsewhere.
Mobile Twitter [Twitter]