Google Earth Closed… At Least Temporarily

    June 29, 2005

Apparently, even Google’s web servers can be overloaded by too much traffic, or at least by people wanting to download the new hot Google product.

Google Earth Closed... At Least Temporarily

Evidently, too many Google Earth download attempts have caused Google to suspend the ability to do so… for the time being anyway. When users try to access the Google Earth download page, they are greeted with a picture of a the Earth taken at night (signifying a black-out?) and a message that says:

Google Earth downloads temporarily delayed

Thanks for your interest in Google Earth, but we’re sorry we can’t offer you a download right now. As you know, Google Earth is in beta, and we’re still building out our ability to take on new users. We’re making good progress, and expect to be able to accept new downloads shortly, so we recommend you check back daily at We hope to be able to welcome you and other new planet surfers soon.

We appreciate your patience,

The Google Earth Team

I guess that’s what happens when you have a product in such high demand and receiving the amount of publicity the Google Earth launch garnered. Although, the blacked-out Earth image is a nice touch. Knowing Google’s reputation, I wouldn’t expect the delay to be incredibly long… or perhaps they ran out of Google Earth copies?

Chris Richardson is a search engine writer and editor for WebProNews. Visit WebProNews for the latest search news.