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There is a page called the Jarg0n File (the Hakerz dictionary) that is over 10MB in size, that is indexed and cached by Google.
But I never wait for any longer than 10-15 seconds at the very most for a full page load including graphics.
joined:July 3, 2002
It's a proposition that we design for the lowest common denominator, which in general people see as a below par 56k connection.
It is possible, using layers, to design so that your content text appears while the rest of your page comes down, this letting the user see content as soon as possible - as well as using as many cacheable external files as possible.
Connection speeds worldwide are as follows (source [dreamink.com]):
Less than 14.4K bps.....3%
56K - 1M bps...........14%
Greater than 1M bps....26%
These statistics are dated March 2000, so I would imagine that in the last almost 3 years that the amount of higher speed connections may have increased somewhat.
Can anyone in the know confirm/deny this?
Some engines at times also collect data on whether the user quickly Back Button's to the SERP and clicks on another link -- a sign that they weren't happy with the first result. So in that sense, a slow page 'could' affect some rankings over time.
joined:Dec 9, 2001