Aleksandar • Vacić

iOS bits and pieces

Flickr, please optimize your pages

I’ve been using Flickr for months now. I had no time to create my own photo pages, Flickr was good enough so I went there.

There is one thing that really annoys me with them. They have 16 (sixteen) Javascript files (look the source on this page for example), all loaded inside of HEAD part of the document. If you haven’t read Andy King’s Speed up your site: this means that even with all those files cached in my browser, I need to wait for 16 HTTP requests to complete before I get any content on the page. Andy King has excellent Web Page Analyzer where you can see what is loaded but the real problem here is that all of this is in document’s HEAD.

Flickr, for modem-users sake (like me) please combine those 16 files into one. You can do that. There is no in-page scripts between them, so they don’t need to be separated.

And while you’re at it - please employ HTTP compression as well. Thanks in advance.