You know how all around the web, people are pushing for smaller and smaller page load times ? They do so with good reason, especially with Google now factoring it in in their way to rank pages. It's good business practice, good business ethics, and everybody is happier when pages load faster.
Now, something's been bothering me as of late. I had this page that loaded reasonably fast (under a second) but in it was a facebook like button. This little thingy cranked up the page load time to 2 seconds. But just the actual one, not the perceived one. For users, everything loaded fast enough on the page except for that iFrame.
So, for Google, even though it loaded fine for users (in term of usability etc), did it penalize us ? I've decided to remove it, and follow the results in analytics. Will this help with SEO ?
I feel like the concept of page load time itself shouldn't be restricted to the combined loading time of all elements on the page as calculated by a tool. I hope I am posting this in the right area, I wasn't too sure.
Thanks in advance for your answers !