Well this morning, many of Google's services went down. For me it started when Google Chrome crashes. In all the years I've been using Google Chrome it has never crashed. So that was a surprise to me. Then I relaunch it, open up Gmail, it fails again. Open it a third time and launch Google+ instead and I see a ton of posts about Google being down, then Chrome crashes again. It was a pretty hectic morning for us. We were getting 502 errors when opening up any Google service. Their apps and services would come back up then go back down, and back up again. But as of 12:25pm EST, it appears, at least in the US, that all services are back functioning again. I haven't had any trouble since then.
Our friends over at Phone Arena received this email from Google regarding the problem this morning:
"We are currently experiencing an issue with some Google services. For everyone who is affected, we apologize for any inconvenience you may be experiencing."-Email to PhoneArena from Google
Did any of our readers have issues with Google products or services this morning? It made it almost impossible to do anything since opening just about anything in Chrome would result in crashes. Which made our post about the Ingress passcodes late and the codes expired by the time we were able to hit publish.
It's not often that Google services go down, but they do go down. Google's not perfect, even though sometimes we think they are. At least everything is back to normal for now. And I know, all the anti-Google sites are going to have fun with this and act like Apple, Microsoft or anybody else's services have never gone down before. Because they have. In fact Apple's iMessage goes down quite frequently.
Several people thought this was part of that Apocalypse that's supposed to happen on December 21, 2012. Guess we'll see in 11 days if that really happens. How badly did this outage effect your productivity today? After all it is a Monday.