Google Images Redesign Doubles Schools Bandwidth Bill

Aug 10, 2010 • 8:23 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Google Search Engine

A few weeks ago, Google launched a redesigned Google Images that lets searchers discover more images faster. There were complaints from Webmasters and some from searchers who don't like change.

Today, I spotted a very interesting complaint via Google Web Search Help. The complaint comes from a school in New Zealand with 1,200 students. Their Google Image Search data usage has more than doubled their weekly bandwidth fees.

The school administrator said, a typical week of bandwidth consumption at the school is about 17GB. Since the Google Image Search redesign, their bandwidth consumption has been 39GB! That is a 130% increase in bandwidth usage and that increases cause and responsiveness of the rest of the network.

Interesting complaint, don't you think?

Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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William Vicary

08/10/2010 03:27 pm

What is more interesting is a school with 1200 students can't handle 39 GB of bandwidth in a week. Which only equals 0.5 Mbps!! Useful Google Search: 39 gigabytes/week =? megabits/second


08/11/2010 09:10 am

The new design has really frustrating, for you to get a full size google image search you need about 300kbps upload link...which is not the case before. Is not that we don't like change but that change must be good...but this one is beign very bad and the images looks very ugly in the design and the layout is nothing to designer better think well before they loose me i know use yahoo search for my images...


08/11/2010 05:20 pm

That is funny! In general, it's always amusing to see the new ways people complain about change.

No Name

08/12/2010 03:39 pm

Students that cant handle 39gb`s a week, what are the playing at.... not real workers haha


08/12/2010 06:02 pm

I'd say they should focus more on what their students are doing (and what images they're searching) than their bandwidth consumption. :)

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