I’m very excited to announce the launch of a project that’s been in the idea phase for more than a year, and actively in the works for the past couple of months: the Web Performance Today podcast. It seems only fitting that we launch the series with interviews with Patrick Meenan and Stephen Thair.

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Here’s a fun set of infographics we just created, which were triggered by Shop.org’s statement that online shoppers could spend $96 billion this holiday season. We did some digging to find out what these numbers mean. (As you might expect, there’s a performance angle in here, too.)

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I get a thrill at the thought of billions of RUM beacons gathering tonnes of data for me to slice and dice. But I also like to get a tactile sense of how a site looks and feels. Today I want to talk about a low-tech way to measure performance, either to validate your high-tech results or to give you an introduction to performance. I call it (drumroll please) …

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