The internet is fast, we've come a long way since the days of dial-up, where one would have to wait several minutes for a page to load, guess what, in some cases we still do to this day. The problem is that today's websites have grown unreasonably large, bloated, even for displaying a few paragraphs of text, making the internet feel much slower than it really is, wasting time and data while putting the users privacy at risk. We have very useful technologies, both server side and client side yet in many cases they are used in a wasteful and unproductive way.
That's where leanternet comes in. leanternet (portmanteau of Lean + Internet) is a set of principles for user centric, fast and lean internet.
Read the leanternet principles
These kind of websites:
- Cause considerable consumption of electricity both at the end user side through higher CPU usage and bandwidth and at ISP side, increasing the electricity consumption overall particularly at Cell Towers on mobile data connections. At macro scale this adds up massively
- The bloat causes reduced performance and a bad user experience
- Consumes data at much faster rate in relation to the actual user readable content, a big issue on limited data plans which are a part of most of the world
- Time waste
- Foster development metrics that are not efficiency and user oriented
- Increased risk of malicious code injection
- Loss of reputation and goodwill
- Loss of sense of community
- Increased server and server related costs (bandwidth, power etc) making this not just a user problem, which further exacerbates the bloat (more ads to pay for the costs, more ad blocking, more ads, a vicious cycle)
- Helps Google's grip on the internet through Google AMP
All these are happening without adding value commensurate with the extra resources consumed.
I don't ever remember being bothered by newspaper or magazine ads, they were generally well designed, they would not track, they would not send or sell data, they would not hog system resources and they would not cover the article content. Autoplay would be out of question. Yet they brought great revenue for the publications! There is a way to balance this out on the internet. Let's make the internet user centric, the way it should be.