Reddit is Dropping AMP

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As part of its continuing quest to alienate all its long-time users provide a better user experience to everyone, Reddit recently announced a slew of changes.

Buried in amongst all the hullabaloo from whinging ungrateful brats thoughtful comments from people with justifiable concerns, was this snippet from a Reddit employee:

Whoops - looks like some of the changes we were planning got out of the bag a bit early - yes, the change to compact and is part of this project. We also intend to deprecate the amp platform this year. We are making these changes in an effort to streamline the experience and reduce the number of ways you can access Reddit on the web. This is part of our broader effort to simplify reddit talked about earlier this month. The changes that happened today to and compact, and the ones coming to amp do not impact old.reddit.
An Improved Web Experience - Reddit

Long time readers will remember that I resigned from the Google AMP Advisory Committee having been a long time critic of the project.

AMP was an interesting idea (what if we made HTML fast again?!) and brought forth some interesting technologies (like Signed Exchanges) - but it ended up being a re-invented WAP1 which routed everything through a single point of failure.

I genuinely hate to see projects fail - but I can't help but hope this is the start of more people realising that giving unfettered control to an abusive monopoly like Google isn't a good decision.

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