Google Accelerates the Web

Google is now offering to "accelerate" the web through their free Web
Accelerator
browser plug-in. How does it work? From the Google Web Accelerator FAQ:

Google Web Accelerator uses various strategies to make your web pages load faster,
including:

  • Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google
    Web Accelerator traffic.
  • Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them
    quickly accessible.
  • Downloading only the updates if a web page has changed slightly
    since you last viewed it.
  • Prefetching certain pages onto your computer in advance.
  • Managing your Internet
    connection to reduce delays.
  • Compressing data before sending it to your computer.

Sounds both very cool and a little scary at the same time. The idea that a significant
percentage of Internet traffic could one day go through one company’s proxies is
a little mind boggling. I haven’t decided yet whether I want to participate in
the beta. Anyone out there give this a try yet?