Youtube, the monopoly which dominates the internet video service in the WebSphere. Being served with lots of heavy feature, Youtube’s page become little heavy. In a case of viewing a typical video in a Youtube, it’s not loading only with the video we need, comments, featured video, related video results in the right hand side of the page and many more dynamic contents including options to share, etc, etc.
This increases the latency in loading a page. The time taken to load a complete page after you requested it or the time taken to serve the request. This time includes the server response time, network latency and too the time taken by your browser/computer to display it in your screen. Usually it will be few seconds. In my case it is hardly 3 or 4 seconds with a 2 Mbps DSL connection. Sometimes when browsing the Youtube we don’t want the extra feature served with the video stream. Sometimes we need a faster Youtube to browse across. Here is a solution, that Youtube offer.
‘Youtube – Feather’ is a version of Youtube which intend to decrease the delay as much as possible by not loading the extra content unless it is a must and by using some advanced web techniques.
And ya, one more thing, Feather is still in ‘beta’. You know what ‘beta’ meant. So it may not work with some videos. Here is the page where you can opt-in to try this YouTube Feather. Don’t forget to comment on this here… ;-)