Just like a day is a millennium for God, an hour is an eternity for the World Wide Web. Google and Facebook found that out yesterday, when the two tech dragons were brought to their knees by service outages.
Apparently, the outages were unrelated, although if you know anything about conspiracy theories, there is no freakin’ way that’s the truth, man.
But it’s the story Facebook and Google are sticking with.
For thousands of users yesterday morning, the question on their minds was “Is it just me?”
Both companies scrambled to quell this fear, announcing to the world that they were having real service issues.
Google users found they couldn’t access Gmail accounts, as well as programs like Google Calendar. The team at Gmail found announced issues with their service at 11:30 PST. Service outages were affecting both mobile and web browser users. It wasn’t a localized problem, it was an issue with Google servers.
A little after noon PST, the Google team announced:
“The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.”
Google is famous for its sterling server strength and committed employees that make sure Gmail is up and running all the time. Yesterday’s interruption was a rare stumbling of their usually stable-as-a-table service.
During the hour Gmail was absent to the world, Facebook fell off for about 20 minutes Monday. Like Google, the company blamed the outage on revising the server infrastructure.
Soon after the Facebook outage, a spokesperson from the company told Business Insider: “Earlier today we made a change to our DNS infrastructure and that change resulted in some people being temporarily unable to reach the site. We detected and resolved the issue quickly, and we are now back to 100 percent. We apologize for any inconvenience.”
“Facebook isn’t working; clearly the start of the end of the world,” tweeted one worried user.
Thankfully, the world didn’t stop turning and the Apocalypse was put off for another day. The real winner of this whole ordeal was Twitter. Without email or Facebook, online denizens tweeted endlessly about their net troubles.
Although this seems like the kind of thing Anonymous would claim responsibility for, the shadowy group has remained quiet.
Perhaps these service outages were actually, in fact, simply service outages.