Google’s effort to speed the pace of Web browsing quickly aggravated some early users, who say that the software is delivering them Web pages under other users’ logins and breaking Web applications.
Google Inc.’s Web Accelerator application, launched as a test on Wednesday, uses a combination of local and server-based caching and preloading of Web pages to more quickly serve Web pages to a user’s browser. Google’s servers, in many ways, act as an intermediary between Web sites and a user’s browser.
But Google’s approach has had some unintended consequences. For some web sites Web Accelerator was returning users cached pages under other people’s user names. Other web sites discoverd that Web Accelerator was initiating links which performed critical functions, such as account deletions, and for some sites Web Accelerator just broke them.