Great Firewall Slowdown

posted: November 4th, 2010

Since moving to China I have noticed more and more sites referencing twitter.com or facebook.com, which is good and all except if you live in China (where both of those services are blocked).

This probably isn’t a problem for the majority of sites out there but if you have an audience in China then you would certainly be concerned about adding 30+ seconds to your page load time (for the TCP connection to terminate - not sure if this timing is accurate).

It would be cool if Pingdom Pageload Tools could give an indication of load times when accessing a site from a country that blocks major services to give customers an indication of the time penalty when adding twitter and facebook connect widgets.

As more and more sites connect to twitter and facebook is this going to be the Achillies heal of the “Great Firewall?”