Many people do not realize it. But Google and Facebook have systems that make their page load quicker than other websites. You might remember yourself going crazy because of the time these silicon giants made you wait while loading their page. But believe it or not, Google and Facebook actually have systems deployed to make their pages load faster.
Today, we will look at the systems that make their pages load faster.
Facebook has installed a system they call “Big Pipe” to accelerate their page load speed. This system was installed in 2009 and it made the site twice as fast.
The strength of this system lies in the disintegration of the web pages into small bits. They call these small decomposed fragments “Pagelets”. So, instead of firing a giant bulk web page, they fire these small fragments which load instantly.
This module as expected, fires the most important sections first that comprise the main page structure. The statuses of friends and people and communities they like load a bit later- one by one- for you to like, comment, share, get amazed and sometimes ignore.
Google is a very big company and I am sorry to reiterate that. But, since it is (very) big, it has the resources and capacity to install “Cache/Mirror Servers” wherever they feel they need one.
And they have got it installed on hundreds of places. When you have a server near you, the time it will take to communicate with the server (send a query and get a response) significantly decreases.
The following is a snapshot of locations where Google has one of those cache servers installed. And it is basically everywhere!
The other reason that makes Google super fast is the simplicity of the most of its pages. They have very low graphical information. When a user searches for something, videos are listed in the results. But they are never played! This simplicity also plays a major part in loading the pages faster.
Interesting footnote: Google processes 40,000 search requests every second. That translated to 3.5 billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year. And mind you, those are the statistics of 2012. And as of now, it is 11/17/2016.