Yeah definitely slowed down, but personally I like the update but I’m almost entirely mobile so I can’t speak for the format on a computer. Best thing is no more question marks replacing other punctuation.
Took me awhile to figure out things had changed. I've always used it mobile and suddenly the mobile app stopped working so I thought the site shutdown. Then finally hoped on to the website version and saw they changed it. I too prefer this new layout much easier to me.