Just a quick note to let you know that – if you think this site has gotten slower lately, as the election approaches, it is NOT your imagination. The site is getting slower and slower, because EMBEDDED TWEETS are loading slower and slower.
I don’t know WHY they are loading slower and slower, but they are.
I finally had enough, and turned off scripts in my browser, so that I don’t see the full graphics of Tweets.
It is well within Twitter’s rights to choose IF and HOW MUCH it wants to serve tweet data to pages not its own. It may even limit data for ideological reasons, because that is a stated part of their policy – that they can limit their data going to sites based on THEIR (Twitter’s) policy toward content on those sites. Twitter has explicitly stated that it will even pass judgment on is own users, on Twitter, for content posted elsewhere, so passing judgment for TWITTER data posted elsewhere is simply to be expected.
To beat this slow-down, you need to TURN OFF SCRIPTS on this site, using whatever browser or privacy extensions you happen to be using. You will then have to click on URLs in Tweets to see them fully, in the same tab or a new tab. Pretty much like any other link.
Without scripts, your browser will likely load the TEXT of the tweet, but not the full contents of the Tweet, including pictures, videos, etc.
It is a small price to pay, for FAST LOADS and NO WEIRD UP-SCROLLING after the loading. That weird up-scrolling is due to the full loading of embedded Tweets. Turn off scripts and it is gone – but so are pictures in Tweets.
It’s a tough choice, but you may want to make it.
Meanwhile, consider Parler. Parler offers links that provide a fast view of a “Parley” in a new tab if one chooses to click the link.