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Many Users Experience Outage of Google Services

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Update: Google has addressed the issue on the Official Blog. The company says:

An error in one of our systems caused us to direct some of our web traffic through Asia, which created a traffic jam. As a result, about 14% of our users experienced slow services or even interruptions. We’ve been working hard to make our services ultrafast and "always on," so it’s especially embarrassing when a glitch like this one happens. We’re very sorry that it happened, and you can be sure that we’ll be working even harder to make sure that a similar problem won’t happen again. All planes are back on schedule now.

Original Article: In case you didn’t notice, Google had a bad hair day on Thursday. Users noticed a remarkable slowdown in nearly every facet of Google’s vast empire—from Gmail, to Google Search, Google Maps, Google Apps, Google Reader, Google News, Google Docs, Google Analytics, Blogger, AdSense, Images, etc.

Google Twitter and Facebook, which both seemed to be doing fine, turned up a popular stream of complaint, distress, and panic over the Google outage. Frantic people who were addicted to Google Reader, trying to check their e-mail, or just wanting to get a piece of the news were first fidgety, and later enraged, when all things Google went kaput.

The outages seemed to be localized in the U.S. European and Asian users were plugging along just fine. In some places, the outage lasted just one hour. In other places, workers were struggling all morning. At approximately noon on Thursday, the panic had subsided, and somewhere in the depths of Google, some technician was wiping the sweat off his brow.

The outage, while a temporary inconvenience, points to a gargantuan issue: the world is dependent on Google. Just how integral is Google in our daily lives? More, perhaps, than we realize. The vast Google horizons have extended to affect how we check the weather, keep up to date with the news, communicate with the ones we love, and find what we’re looking for. The Thursday scare was a wake up call to the level of dependence, or independence, we may enjoy (or not enjoy) from Google’s ubiquitous presence. A phrase comes to mind:  “when Atlas shrugged…” Perhaps this was the day that Google shrugged.

Soon, Google should have a report on what happened.

Google Slows to a Crawl
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  • http://www.internetmarketingtip.us Susan

    I can see where people would panic over a Google outage since it’s so big however I didn’t because I’ve been having the same type of outage on 1 of my blogs. And while the problem may have cleared up for them, mine is still unavailable.

  • http://lancepat.wordpress.com Lance’s Blog

    Google hiccups for an hour or two and everyone panics.

  • http://www.webhosting-10.com Host

    Yup,this is everwhere,on WHT,Sitepoint and even DP.
    this is really a shocker.

  • idiot man

    google slowed down, so i waited a bit longer

  • bonanzleseller

    Google payments are a joke but I’m not laughing. Had a transaction on bonanzle and buyer paid through GCO. Google informed me that they would release my money in 3 days and it was ok to ship item. Buyer received a $300 item high end item for $60.00 and had no complaints. Out of the clear blue sky GCO wants further verification e. g. drivers license, SS#, credit card used when I signed up, original bank that was used to sign up initially, utility bill that matches my drivers license, original invoices and receipts of where I purchased from. This is after they gave me the okay to ship the item and to keep taking orders and using GCO . If I don’t render this sensitive information I will be suspended. Will someone tell me why they would do this? What gives them the right to ask and expect someone to surrender sensitive personal information…all of it. I have no idea who would give ALL OF THAT INFORMATION TO ANYONE BEHIND A COMPUTER SCREEN OR EVEN FAX THAT INFO. That are just as bad as Pay Pal and are on the same path as Pay Pal is. They change their rules as they go along. At this point in time, I am leaning towards other methods of payment as this is BS. No wonder there is so much identity theft and you can thank the likes of these companies, and mind you, THEY ARE NOT BANKS!
    oh BTW, what’s up with bonanzler’s coming in your booth and being so rude not to even hit a keystroke when you greet them? Talk about rude!! sick AND TIRED of all this BS. Hello is a universal greeting. HELLO!!!!

  • http://www.dataflurry.com Google Marketing

    You have to figure, they can’t always be perfect. I will let this slide, because they have done so many things right in my book