There are some special statements that Google reacts to differently, and this is proven by Google’s “speed test”.
In the image above it is possible to see what appears when doing this search, which is a box with a button that we can press to start testing the speed of our Internet connection.
The result is similar to what we see upon arrival fast.comthe speed test page created by Netflix that we talked about earlier.
Is this speed test reliable?
Curiously enough, the result of both pages is not the same:
The result using fast.com shows 340Mbps speed in my case, I have 600Mbps fiber optic nodes, upload is 91Mbps.
According to Google, the download is much lower, “only” 219 Mbps, while the upload is maintained.
Latency values also change slightly from solution to solution.
I ran the tests 10 seconds apart, with nothing else on the same network consuming data.
Repeating the test again, three minutes later, Google tells me I have a download speed of 315Mbps, twice the previous speed, while fast.com keeps its number unchanged.
Is my data shared when I take the test?
To perform the test, the IP address is shared with M-Lab, but no other personal information is shared. M-Lab is the company that Google has partnered with to provide these results, and Google is integrating the test results (including the IP address) into its collection of global Internet performance data. M-Lab makes this information publicly available to enhance internet search, so presumably with good reason.