How Facebook Goes Fast

LESSON 5:Speed is a feature.

Background: The smartphone has made us feel that we have both more time (a minute to check the news, scores or Internet memes in line at Starbucks) and less (so much information, so little time), so the services we love must be fast.

Facebook’s Move: To deliver the most engaging services in the world, Facebook takes all the complexity of the software, hardware, networking, buildings and even electrical consumption on their own shoulders so that its users can take it all for granted and then gives away the vast majority of its technology to the industry to stimulate faster development. What is above can be only as good as what is below.

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