Five Minutes of Googlefail


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By Casey Lynn
Contributing Writer, [GAS]

00:30 Refresh gmail.
00:40 Refresh gmail again.
00:45 Refresh gmail again.
01:00 Twitter about how gmail is down.
01:30 Go to Google search bar on Firefox and type “gmail basic html.”
01:40 Go to google.com.
02:00 (Like an idiot) type in Google search bar “google is down.”
02:10 Cry a little.
02:30 Fire up Trillian and start complaining that I can’t read my email.
03:30 Go to Yahoo.com and say, “Hello, long time, no see.”
03:40 Find nothing helpful.
04:20 Go to search.twitter.com and on a hunch, type in #googlefail.
04:50 Thanks to a Twitterer, discover that AT&T is to blame, which is completely unsurprising.
05:00 Realize that after I finish writing this blog post, I will be unable to email the editor to tell him I’ve written it.

Okay, so this isn’t completely accurate, but the gist is, I had a sudden realization of how much Google is integrated into my minute-by-minute life. I was also reminded of Cory Doctorow’s story Scroogled, in which Google takes over the world. I wonder if this is helpful for the whole Google anti-trust investigation?  Also, I wonder how much Yahoo’s traffic went up during that time.

Mock me if you will, but I suspect I’m not the only one who was suddenly paralyzed by a lack of Google (just have a look at #googlefail). The email thing was definitely a problem. Whether it was the fault of Google or AT&T doesn’t really matter. Maybe they’re trying to remind us how much we need them?



10 Responses to Five Minutes of Googlefail

  1. I feel your pain. I was IMing everyone at work and texting other people, "Is Google slow/not working for you?"

    I even went to that http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ site and it said Google was fine. Pack of liars.

    I can't access mail normally (damn work firewalls), but I was blocked from search, analytics, adsense, and reader. And Blogger, so I couldn't complain about it myself :(

  2. I feel your pain. I was IMing everyone at work and texting other people, "Is Google slow/not working for you?"

    I even went to that http://downforeveryoneorjustme.com/ site and it said Google was fine. Pack of liars.

    I can't access mail normally (damn work firewalls), but I was blocked from search, analytics, adsense, and reader. And Blogger, so I couldn't complain about it myself :(

  3. And then there’s the joy that can come your way if Google decides, as they occsionally do, that they want to block your email account for what they consider to be good and sufficient reason. And its the primary email account for your company.

    Or, you forget your password, so you want to send them an email to ask to have it reset, only….

    All hail the NonEvil Supreme Overlords!

  4. And then there's the joy that can come your way if Google decides, as they occsionally do, that they want to block your email account for what they consider to be good and sufficient reason. And its the primary email account for your company.

    Or, you forget your password, so you want to send them an email to ask to have it reset, only….

    All hail the NonEvil Supreme Overlords!

  5. Its related to how many services you use online on average of the same provider: For most people it is convenient to use all of Google’s services because its all connected more easily and most use the same account. It is not just Google but every major provider.

    Internet and mobile phones, direct access/contact to people, has made distances between us and companies/relatives/shops/friends etc a lot shorter…but once a certain link breaks down, you walk into the huge wall called physical boundaries: (if you talk to a lot of ppl further than 100 miles away or something similar) you may feel mentally cut off from the world, isolated, alone. It depends on your own home situation offcourse.

    Divide and conquer :)
    Dont stick to a single company and if possible get 2 email adresses from different providers for work and make one forward to another as back up…(in my country there are companies that supply internet, phone, tv and some also mobile phone networks)

  6. Its related to how many services you use online on average of the same provider: For most people it is convenient to use all of Google's services because its all connected more easily and most use the same account. It is not just Google but every major provider.

    Internet and mobile phones, direct access/contact to people, has made distances between us and companies/relatives/shops/friends etc a lot shorter…but once a certain link breaks down, you walk into the huge wall called physical boundaries: (if you talk to a lot of ppl further than 100 miles away or something similar) you may feel mentally cut off from the world, isolated, alone. It depends on your own home situation offcourse.

    Divide and conquer :)

    Dont stick to a single company and if possible get 2 email adresses from different providers for work and make one forward to another as back up…(in my country there are companies that supply internet, phone, tv and some also mobile phone networks)