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Thursday, May 05, 2005

Google Releases Web Accelerator

Today Google Labs released another interesting product for beta testing, a web accelerator. It tries to improve surfing by pre-fetching material, caching popular pages on Google's web servers, parallel downloading, and "differential fetching"--trying to determine only what has changed on a page.

I've just downloaded the Firefox version (requires 1.x) of the Google Web Accelerator. There's also a version for Internet Explorer.

John Battelle comments on it here; Search Engine Watch goes into more detail on its functions here.


Anonymous ralphg said...

From what I've read, this service is meant for users with high-speed (DSL) links.

But if my link to the Internet is high-speed, why do I need Google to cache the pages for me?

I find most Web sites fast enough, partly because I use the Opera Web browser to open eight sites at once. I read one while the others are loading.

If a site's speed is painfully slow, then I'll use the cache on Google's search list. It's usually only the text I'm interested in.

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