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,
- Sending your page requests through Google machines dedicated to handling Google
Web Accelerator traffic.
- Storing copies of frequently looked at pages to make them
- 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?