Do you think the use of image data URI is SEO friendly?
On the one hand saves you a HTTP request. On the other hand it really messes up your code. Especially for image files larger than 20KB or moving GIF image files of up to 200KB, the quantity of code inserted is enormous. As Googlebot reads usually from top to bottom, all data after the image data URI encoding will be harder to rank well in Google.
Consider that image data URI is not in the CSS files as they should normally be and for the time being I can use only TinyMCE editor which provides me with just two options, either insert image with the image data URI method or the traditional image link.
I would like to know which is more search engine friendly.