Are you hearing this term for the first time? No wonder even I did when I noticed this after opening a picture of mine in a new browser. I was bit confused at the start and started to do some research work just to be in a safer side. Then I came to know about Akamaihd.net and why is it being used by Facebook. In this article you will come to know about fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net or Akamaihd.net and its benefits. Before we start with this let me show where you can find these words in Facebook.
Where can you find the term fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net or Akamaihd.net in Facebook?
Go to Facebook.com and as the page loads look at bottom left of the page wherein you will notice this text. If you have missed it for the first time then click on Control + F5 and you should see fbstatic-a.akamaihd.net now.
So now your next question will be what is Akamaihd.net and why is it appearing in Facebook URL. The reason behind this is all our images are getting uploaded to Akamaihd.net server. I will try to explain what is Akamaihd.net and why does Facebook use its service.
What is Akamaihd.net and its uses?
Akamai is a CDN (Content Delivery Network) Technology located Massachusetts, US. CDN basically helps in fastening the loading speed of any website. So websites with huge content ideally go for CDN just to speed up their loading speed. Website loading speed is one of the important factors when it comes to SEO; so many companies spend a lot of money on this.
Why does Facebook use Akamaihd.net network for uploading pictures?
Akamai has lot of CDN Networks across the Globe wherein Akamaihd.net is one of its CDN. It has its presence all across the world so when a user from India upload any picture the picture gets stored in a server which is located in India. So the same picture can be accessed easily in no time from India.
Let us see what will happen if Facebook doesn’t have a CDN. Since Facebook’s server is located in US all our pictures will be uploaded to the server in US. So when a person from US tries to access anything he will experience a much faster loading speed than the user in India. This is where a CDN comes in handy and it smoothens out the loading speed of a website accessed from any part of the world.
I hope this clears out your entire question; so you don’t have to worry about uploading pictures to Facebook. Akamai is totally safe, secured and is used just to fasten the loading speed of the website. If you find this article useful then please do share it with all your friends. Comment if you have any more questions on the same.