Facebook Boosts Site's Availability And Page Load Times

Facebook has improved in availability and page loading times, according to the latest quarterly report by AlertSite.

Facebook’s up time during the first quarter of 2011 was 99.88 percent, meaning Facebook has moved above what AlertSite considers the benchmark average for response times, 99.77 percent.

That puts the site in third place availability, up one spot from fourth place during the fourth quarter of 2010.

The first quarter of 2011 didn’t have the downtime that we’d observed in December. And Facebook has been expanding its server and data center capacity to better handle traffic loads.

LinkedIn and YouTube hold the top two spots in availability.

As for the time it takes for pages to load, Facebook continues to outrank all other social networks — or at least those that AlertSite keeps track of.

According to the report, the social media site increased its average page loading speed from 1.06 seconds at the end of 2010 to .75 seconds this quarter.

YouTube follows behind it with an average response time of 1.46 seconds. In third place is LinkedIn at 1.69 seconds, and Twitter at 2.59 seconds.

No surprises here: MySpace is the slowest responding social media site, coming in at a lagging load time of 5.60 seconds.

Facebook’s improved performance, both in faster page load times and greater availability, becomes more impressive when you consider that the site has gained around 100,000 additional users during the quarter.

Readers, do these figures on load time and availability jibe with your own observations from surfing Facebook?

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