The Launch Of Fast.com From Netflix (My First Impressions)

This one was pretty interesting. So, I keep up with stuff as often as I am able to, with the changes that will be made in my life within the next six months, I may or may not be able to post as often about things like this. So, I figured I’d take advantage of this opportunity here to give my first impressions of Fast.com, which is a tool launched by Netflix to basically check your download speeds. There’s even a link on the website that lets you compare results from SpeedTest.net (which, honestly.. I think was a downfall for them). I’ll explain why I say that too.

There are a few aspects that they didn’t add to this tool. As anyone who knows anything about internet speeds, you know that the further you are from a server, the slower the speed will be between client (your computer) and server. And, SpeedTest has a way to check speeds between servers around the world, giving you an idea of what your speeds will be from servers around the world. Same goes with your ping times. Every detail like that will tell you a lot about your connection. Which is why I think Fast.com needs to start developing more to it. So, here’s what I’m going to do, I’m going to break down all of this stuff to show why each little detail is important.

Here we see a screenshot of Fast.com (respectively, my connection speed).

FastDotCom

Now, the only problem here is, it only shows one little aspect of your connection. The download speed. I guess in general, this is great for those who don’t know much about different details of their connection. If they only want to see what their download speeds are. But, as for me, and a lot of other people like me, I like to not only know what my download speed is, but my upload speed and ping times are. These details give me more information about my connection, from any device, whether it be my laptop on wi-fi at home, or on wi-fi anywhere else, or my phone on the data network, or on wi-fi anywhere else.

Now check this screenshot of SpeedTest.net.

SpeedTestDotNet

Now, the fact that they provide a link to compare results means that they obviously want to be on par with SpeedTest. So, I will reiterate, little details that Fast.com have left out of the official launch, make it harder to know much about your connection. All it shows it download speed, looking at this screenshot of SpeedTest, you can see not only is the download speed faster, but it also shows upload speed and ping time. Which, as I mentioned are details that give more information about the connection.

Basically, what I think they should do to improve the tool, is add more details. They should at least have multi server support, as well as IP, upload speed and ping time. And they could add even more to it to try to be an actual competitor to SpeedTest. I mean, the rule of any business to be successful is to give your customers (or in this case clients) an experience they can’t get anywhere else. Otherwise, you’re just creating a clone of a clone of a clone. And nothing’s getting better, just copypasta all over the place.

What are your thoughts on this? Have you tried it? What did you think of your result? I could go on with the questions, but I still want to know your thoughts on this.