I'm wondering if there are studies regarding bandwidth usage of websites. Most modern websites use background Ajax requests to reload content from time to time to refresh information. Of course it takes bandwidth but I would be interested in a link to a website reporting common website bandwidth usage when you keep a web page.

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If you're interested in knowing how much bandwidth specific sites use, you can download the Firebug webpage debugger and use the 'net' tab to see each request your browser makes and how large the response is.

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  • Yep I know how to it myself, the goal is to get already existing information
    – radius
    Jul 16, 2010 at 5:42
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    @radius: you mean a site which has statistics like "the average gmail users uses 10mb bandwidth over 10minutes"?
    – akira
    Jul 16, 2010 at 6:31
  • Yes but only when they are doing nothing on the website. If you leave gmail open it will check for the mail even if you don't do anything. This result should be almost the same for every user on most website I guess
    – radius
    Jul 18, 2010 at 8:27

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