Gmail Went Down For 400,000 Members, Restored by Google


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Gmail is one of those "you don't know what you've got until it's gone" services; an almost invisible technology, if you will. That is, however, until it goes down. When that happens, the ubiquitous service is hard to ignore as people scramble around, wondering why they can't access their Gmail accounts. Such was the case earlier today (5/29) when Gmail experienced an outage which affected 0.11 percent of their user base.

As pointed out by Mashable, Google boasts that Gmail has 350 million subscribers, meaning close to 400,000 people had to deal with the Gmail outage. A quick look at the Google Apps Status Dashboard reveals Google was indeed working to fix Gmail, which began at 9:20am. By 11:50, the service had been fully restored, although, Google never officially revealed the issue it was trying to correct.

Here's a screenshot of Google's actions concerning Gmail:

Gmail Status
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As you might expect, Twitter was buzzing about Gmail condition, both up and down:

Google confirms gmail outage for 400,000 users
36 minutes ago via TweetCaster for Android · powered by @socialditto
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Gmail service returning to normal
45 minutes ago via The Huffington Post · powered by @socialditto
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finally got back into my gmail after 24 hour outage... that was a bit scary.
3 days ago via web · powered by @socialditto
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Some, however, took the opportunity to air some grievances they have with Gmail:

You know what, gmail? I'm NOT sure if I want to send a message without text in the body. I'm not sure of anything anymore.
1 hour ago via Twitter for iPhone · powered by @socialditto
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Or to actually compliment Google for not forcing G+ down someone's throat:

Blimey, just created a gmail account and didnt get forced into G+ for that account... that's a forward step IMO
3 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto
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Did any readers experience any Gmail issues earlier today? If so, are you back up and running, just like Google says you should be?