If you were browsing the Internet at around 3:45 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time last Friday, you likely noticed something different — like that your Google services didn’t work. Yes, you read that right: Google’s services experienced a short outage that The Register described as “near unprecedented.”
Indeed, it’s hard to say when the last time was that Google as a whole — which of course includes, Google.com, Gmail, Google Drive, and even YouTube — went down. The last time this author can remember a major Google-related outage, it was when Google Talk went down last year for a few hours.
Needless to say, if Google as a whole went down for hours, this would be a much bigger story. Fortunately, the world was left Google-less for only a few minutes — somewhere between one and five minutes, according to the Google Apps Dashboard. Officially, all Google Apps services were back online before four o’clock.
"Between 15:51 and 15:52 PDT, 50 to 70 percent of requests to Google received errors; service was mostly restored one minute later, and entirely restored after four minutes," said the dashboard at the time of the outage.
Normally, such a major outage would be shrugged off; after all, this sort of event is bound to happen with any Web-based service every now and then. But, then again, this is Google we’re talking about. As such, this outage is being treated a little more seriously, especially since what happened exactly is still something of a mystery.
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Indeed, most inquiries regarding the incident were responded to with a redirection to the Google Apps Dashboard.
Regardless of the why and how of the situation, the fact is that worldwide Internet traffic dropped by an impressive — or scary, depending on your point of view — 40 percent during the outage, according to Web analytics firm GoSquared. On the bright side, those few minutes probably resulted in the most action Bing has seen in quite a while.
Edited by Ryan Sartor