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Gmail Falters Yet Again

"Service disruption" comes on heels of February's outage

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Yahoo Mail and Hotmail must be looking pretty tempting to certain Gmail users right now.  Yet another Gmail outage has occurred, and once again, there’s been little official word regarding causes, effects, and timetables.

Intermittent problems cropped up sometime early this morning.  A note on the Apps Status Dashboard (which was introduced less than two weeks ago) claims that only "a small subset of users" was inconvenienced, and things are working again for most people, so this isn’t a repeat of February 24′s headline-grabbing failure.

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The reappearance of any issues so soon after the worldwide blackout is sure to exacerbate concerns about Gmail’s reliability, though.  Google’s vague statement that "[t]he rest of the users should be coming back online within the next 24-36 hours" isn’t overly comforting, either.

The situation will seem worse still if it turns out users of Google Apps Premier Edition (the version that costs money) were affected.  Offers of credit won’t cut it with businesses customers after a while.

Well, again, this development is good for Gmail’s competitors, anyway.  They’d surely like to keep Google from dominating more markets.

Gmail Falters Yet Again
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  • http://www.pcdisorder.com David Miron (Soluto)

    Check out the new CARTOON on Google outages at:
    http://www.pcdisorder.com/2009/03/gmail-imitates-economy.html

  • http://www.crearedesign.co.uk Adam

    Gmail has been unreliable for some time. Soon people will just move over to Yahoo or MSN leaving the whole Google Mail service unused. I hope Google will sort out these issues and improve Gmail all over – it needs a facelift!

  • http://www.trackermo.com trackermo

    Google has its glitches, true. But even on its bad days, its still head and shoulders above any other online mail service. Just the fact that so many use it is testament to that.

    The question isn’t, “what’s up with Gmail?” The question is, “how spoiled are we, that we become hysterical with each little glitch?”

    And, as someone who remembers connecting to the internet by actually dialing a number and placing my telephone on a receiver (when connections were “iffy” at best), is a testament to the overall reliability of the internet today.

    Tracker Mo

  • http://www.ssrichardmontgomery.com ron

    Gmail has the best facility’s on the net for receiving forwarding and sending.I have mail accounts with all other main names. Don’t knock it gmail gives you FREE more than some of the others make you pay for.
    So next time it goes wrong ask for a refund… wait a minute it does not cost you anything!

  • http://www.diamondonnet.com Diamonds

    Well, its a free service, we shouldn’t complain and besides it is still better than hotmail or yahoo.

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