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Sep012009

iGoogle rolling out ‘Slow gadget badge’

Gadgets that load quickly and are responsive to user input are more popular and more likely to remain installed on a user page, and a compact properly-cached gadget reduces hosting and bandwidth costs. “Slow gadgets make users unhappy, both with individual gadgets, and with iGoogle. Unfortunately, there hasn’t been a way to tell a slow gadget from a fast one until it’s been installed. To remedy this, starting in late September, the iGoogle directory’ll add a “slow” badge next to the entry of any gadget that’s slow enough to cause speed-related user dissatisfaction.” Check these latency tips to get your gadgets in top-notch shape before the badges roll out.

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