Google Goes Down Briefly

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Google down, as verified by Down For Everyone Or Just Me?

It wasn’t you. It was Google. Specifically, went down around 3:50pm PT for about five minutes, a very rare occurrence. Other Google services also appear to have had issues.

We’ll update if we hear more, but it appears back now. It certainly sparked brief panic on Twitter. Twitter search service Topsy tweeted a chart showing the sudden spike in tweets:

The last time something even close to this happened was probably in January 2009, when for about 40 minutes, Google labeled every site in its results as malware, due to a human error.

There were some reports on Twitter that Google Drive, Gmail and other Google services also went down briefly, though the Google App Status Dashboard didn’t list any problems.

Postscript (5pm PT): Google sent us this:

We have received reports of an issue affecting some Google services. The issue is now resolved. Please follow our dashboard for more information:

The dashboard now has small red dots in the 8/16/13 column to indicate a problem happened today for major Google services:

Apps Status Dashboard-1

When you select a service, you get virtually the same message like this one for Gmail:

We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 8/16/13 5:37 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change. The incident lasted 1-5 minutes.

Stay tuned for more.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Web Search | Top News


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  • lorenbaker

    Good thing! I almost switched to DuckDuckGo!

  • Silviu Fera

    Not such a big tragedy..I was browsing webmaster tools when that happened, but everything came back to normal a few minutes later.

  • lawordsmith

    It went down again a few minutes ago. I don’t know for how long. I was in too much panic to time it. ;-)

  • Paul Martin
  • igl00

    I was just testign some jquery, seems i totally crushed it

  • jitendra vaswani

    I switched to Bing in that time !!

  • Ronnie’s Mustache

    Did you accidentally click on PPC ads?

  • Christian Abel

    Bing is a Google mirror?

  • Helge Sverre

    Ahh I was wondering if it was just me or if it was an actual global issue with Google last night :P

  • Randy Milanovic

    Not once considering Google went down, I reset my password. Deleted and reinstalled my app and scratched my head. Haha

  • SEO guy

    Well, with all the interaction between Google and the government, I would bet this had something to do with the NSA pulling down a huge amount of data. Collusion at the highest levels. “Do no harm.” Can that still be their mantra?

  • Jerry Nordstrom

    Uh oh, Snowden finally told Putin how the Fed tracks users through Google.

  • Hrmmmm

    Is google search down for everyone else or just my region?

  • Hrmmmm

    Is google search down for everyone else or just my region?

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