I recently gave a my Realtime Web Apps in the Wild talk at Fluent Conference in San Francisco. It's a pretty big event with some impressive and well-informed speakers, so it was great to be part of.
The slides also contain links to the demo videos for the appropriate slides, identified by this image:
Remember to check out the cool Ghosts demo.
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WebSocket v HTTP latency
I was asked some information about HTTP v WebSocket latency so here are some graphs from some a CometD benchmarks blog post demonstrate latency comparisons.
CometD 2.4.0 HTTP latency:
CometD 2.4.0 WebSocket latency
Ericson WebSockets v HTTP Long-Polling comparison
I also came across this video which visually demonstrates the latency using a demo.