Google Accelerates the Web

Google is now offering to "accelerate" the web through their free Web
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,

  • 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?

2 Responses to Google Accelerates the Web

  1. Kevinjohn Gallagher says:

    This technology has been around for a number of years now, with one ISP in the UK using it as it’s cole gimmick (and winning a number of awards aat the same time: should be said about the Google beta is that it’s not aimed at dial-up users, but rather 1Mbps minimum users. It actually slows down usage if you are on dial-up.

  2. Yep, I’ve seen these accelerators around before, and have to admit my gut reaction is the same as yours, Christian.Relying on a company whose core asset is data warehousing of internet resources and usage to proxy all my web requests just seems a wee bit too prone to corporate misuse for me to feel comfortable using it. An ISP I can understand (and expect) – but what internal benefit could Google be gaining from this service if not real-time web usage metrics that extend light-years beyond what their spiders are currently pulling in?I’ll be watching from the sidelines as well… seems interesting, but questionable. 😉