Google’s stepping up their quest to make the web faster. Their new Page Speed Service promises to make your site load 25-60% faster by rewriting it on the fly. All you have to do to get started, once it launches, is point your DNS CNAME to ghs.google.com. Google will take care of the rest, they explain: “Now you don’t have to worry about concatenating CSS, compressing images, caching, gzipping resources.”
Learn more and see it in action here.
UPDATE: I ran the test located at the link above and it actually made my page way slower. I guess they’re still working out the kinks.
Google’s +1 button, one of their many forays into the social web, went live today on non-Google sites including Mashable, The Huffington Post, Best Buy, Reuters, and more. Look for this to shake the search results up a bit, especially among those who use Gmail since “+1ing” a search result or page will only promote it in search results to your connections.
Webmasters can add the code to their sites with a simple little tool found here: http://www.google.com/webmasters/+1/button/index.html. Its no different than adding the Facebook “Like” button to your site, except that its Google’s iteration and can affect organic search results.
As a side note, Google tells you:
<!— Place this tag in your head or just before your close body tag —>
I had more issues with my theme when I put it before the body tag than in the header tag, although both gave me a couple of issues.