Timely, not real-time: The Slow Web movement

The Slow Web movement is not about real-time notifications, up-to-date friend feeds or interrupting your lunch to tell you a recuriter would like to link with you.

Like Slow Food, the Slow Web starts with what it is not: the Fast Web.

Fast Food has an “I’ll know it when I see it” quality, and it has this quality because it’s describing something greater than all of its individual traits. Fast Food, and consequently, Slow Food, describe a feeling that we get from food.

Slow Web works the same way. Slow Web describes a feeling we get when we consume certain web-enabled things, be it products or content. It is the sum of its parts, but let’s start by describing what it’s not: the Fast Web.

The Slow Web is about changing behavior and adding value, imparting knowledge rather than vomiting information. Providing the right information, at the right time, in the right amount of detail.

That’s a movement I can get behind.

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