OK, the headline is tongue in cheek but today (Friday January 24th 2014) Google’s servers have gone down leaving millions of users stranded in limbo, myself included. I have no access to Gmail, Google+ or Google Play Music, three of my most used Google apps. Forbes is also reporting the same issues. Read it below.
On Friday just before 11 a.m. PST, Google’s GOOG -2.41% Gmail went down, leaving millions of users – including business users relying on Google Apps for Business – unable to communicate. The downtime was confirmed with Down Right Now and Google’s App Status Dashboard, which showed that the service is experiencing a service disruption at this time – and that Gmail also burped earlier Friday morning. Google’s official blog for Gmail also returned a 503 error. Gmail’s error is a 500 code problem, indicating it’s only a temporary problem – but doesn’t explain the cause. Judging by the amount of tweets and FB updates about the problem, it’s likely affecting the majority of users worldwide.
The last time Gmail went down was September 24, 2013. At that time, Google said the issue affected less than 50 percent of Gmail users, which means almost half of all Gmail users suffered some kind of glitch.
Update: Service was restored to most Gmail users around 11:20 a.m. PST, which means that Gmail users went approximately a half hour without access to Gmail, Google Chat, and Google+. I have reached out to Google for comment and will continue to update this story as it develops.
While Forbes is reporting that Google is back online, that is far from the case. I believe there are more people still not able to connect, myself included. I’ve had many friends already contact me to see if I knew what was going on. Hopefully we’ll get an explanation from Google soon.
UPDATE: Check out Google’s App Status webpage to see what apps have been affected. GOOGLE APP STATUS
UPDATE 2: As of 1 pm PST all services appear to up and running.
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