Marissa Mayer, Google Vice President of Search and User Products Experience, touted Google’s “speed” at the Web 2.0 conference:
"Users really respond to speed."
Mayer’s public performances are generally well received, as her Google stand for a speedy user experience on Thursday appears to have been.
In explaining why “slow and steady doesn't win the race" in a Web 2.0 world, Mayer said:
If you have each transaction take less time, you have expert users more satisfied. You want lots of small and fast interactions if speed is important.
Mayer cited Google’s Gmail application as having benefited from speed tweaks.
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