Ookla has revamped its speedtest.net site with a new interface with a zoomable map system, and it has added features for real-time tracking and sharing of results known as "Speed Wave."
The new interface and mapping scheme instantly selects the optimal (lowest latency) server from among the closest of 780 current testing locations in the U.S., Europe and Asia, in order to deliver the most accurate results possible.
Speed Wave is central to the newest version of speedtest.net and allows users to start or join a “testing wave.” A Speed Wave is a grouping of predefined speed tests used for ongoing comparison. Testers start Speed Waves to compare their speed against others, create friendly competitions (for example, schools, offices, cafés or hotels versus one another, or a battle between service providers) and to view the detailed statistics created in the process. As the Speed Waves ripple across speedtest.net and through various social media channels like Twitter and Facebook, special badges will be awarded in each wave to testers for achievements, such as being the first to participate, recording the fastest and slowest speeds and many more.
Speedtest.net gets more than two million daily users and has served over two billion tests.