At work, I have a high-speed internet connection. At home, I also have a high-speed internet connection. If ever I was to be on dial-up, I think I’d just browse with images turned off (or use a text-only browser, like Dillo). No matter what browser I’m trying or using, I always use tabs.
So, when I see debates on the internet about browser speed, I’m not sure what the point is exactly. This is how I browse:
- I visit the site I want to go to.
- If I see an interesting link, I middle-click it so that the tab for it loads in the background.
- I read anything that needs reading.
- If I see more interesting links, I middle-click those as well so that they load in the background.
The first page takes anywhere between .1 and 1.5 seconds to load. Then the load times for subsequent pages don’t really affect my browsing experience, because I don’t even see those pages until I close the one I’m currently viewing.
The only time speed has mattered to me is when the website’s server is slow (taking more than ten seconds to load), and that really has nothing to do with web browser I’m using.
What do other people think? Is browser speed important to you in picking which web browser you use most often? Why?