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Public Services need Public Dashboards

by / Friday, 16 September 2011 / Published in Web Monitoring

PerformanceTestSome days ago we started monitoring various online services (Email providers, job search sites, public transportation) with AlertFox transaction sensors. Do you think you know which of these is faster, or more reliable? Check the web performance benchmarks on their Public Dashboards at

Performance Benchmark Webmail: Time to login and open/read an email  -Yahoo Mail vs. Gmail

Performance Benchmark German Job Portals:
Job search for “ASP.NET” programers and making sure results are displayed  Federal Employment Office (“Arbeitsamt”) vs

Performance Benchmark Railway:
Search for a specific train connection on a given date  German / Swiss / French Railway Services

Important: AlertFox not only monitors site load time (everyone can easily optimize for this) but the true user experience. Alertfox does this by testing the end-user transaction performance, as measured in real web browers with simulated users (aka synthetic monitoring). 

If you want to publish your own website’s performance with your users, e.g. for promoting your site’s reliability, just mark the results it as “public” on the sensor settings page. Of course, we have our own public status page at

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