chewy - 1:20 pm on May 21, 2011 (gmt 0)
good discussion - here's another tool from Google (which is, IMHO, another signal from the big G that this is important.)
I personally agree that this is a legitimate issue - not only *might* improving page load speed impact spidering and ranking, it will **definitely** impact the user's experience.
Slow loading pages are just sloppy work.
Those of us who used to work with the dialup user in mind know how important this is and I am still surprised when I run into a technical person who seems to have no clue that this could still be an issue.
One has to see things from the users' perspective.