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As most know, Gmail has had hiccups today and as I write this, is down. While I used to visit blogs for more information when sites like Gmail, YouTube or Facebook stop working, Twitter has become my go-to source for information on how widespread the problem […]

As most know, Gmail has had hiccups today and as I write this, is down. While I used to visit blogs for more information when sites like Gmail, YouTube or Facebook stop working, Twitter has become my go-to source for information on how widespread the problem is and what’s being done to fix it. I save my visits to the blogs for later if I need context. However, this only works when Twitter  stays up, and right now, I’m spotting the fail whale. Oh, the irony.

  1. Stacey, you think that’s bad? I lost my BlackBerry last night; my Gmail is completely down; and my Twitter account has been hijacked. I’m actually getting some work done, though:)

    -steve bell | StartupTrek.net | Los Gatos, CA

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    1. Stacey Higginbotham Tuesday, September 1, 2009

      Steve, sorry to hear about your web losses, but glad to hear of your productivity gains :)

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  2. You can still hit Gmail via POP or IMAP, if you don’t mind busting out a good old fashioned desktop client. Or an iPhone. In that respect, the mail is still flowing at least, even if we can’t get it via the browser.

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    1. Stacey Higginbotham Tuesday, September 1, 2009

      Yes, my BlackBerry has truly supported me though this trying time.

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  3. iphone pop/imap gmail has stayed up through the gfail hours.

    i wonder how many people are firing up stale yahoo.hotmail.rediff accounts right now…

    good lesson for a startup as enterprise gmail/docs is down too. maybe just maybe keep a small exchange server around.

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  4. @ Jeff Putz, ahhhh good old technology is a wonderful thing….email sans a Web browser :-)

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  5. Gmail down created a great trend on Twitter.. Even iGoogle was no working…Glad Its back now..Though I hope they will not come up with something like
    After Twitter Google got DDOS attack

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  6. [...] is down and Twitter talks about it (see GigaOm and [...]

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  7. [...] most know, Gmail has had hiccups today and as I indite this, is down. Original post: With Gmail Down, Twitter Strains Under the Stress Posted in Uncategorized | Tags: has-had, hiccups-today, most-know, [...]

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    1. Stacey Higginbotham Wednesday, September 2, 2009

      Thanks, Jeff. I was out on date with my husband so didn’t get a chance to update the post with the new info. Even after Gmail went down, I managed to keep living my life, although doing my job took a few workarounds :)

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      1. I went out with my wife and we talked about how people with Crackberries neglect their children at dinner. Great minds think alike!

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  8. [...] Gmail has had hiccups today and as I write this, is down. While I used to visit … Source : With Gmail Down, Twitter Strains Under the Stress September 1st, 2009 at 3:31 pm. Gmail down created a great trend on Twitter.. Even iGoogle was no [...]

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  9. [...] The trick for Twitter is to recognize that their subscribers are using the tool in this way and make sure their bandwidth can handle the increased traffic. We don’t want Twitter going down due to increased traffic. [...]

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  10. [...] and you would have thought the world stopped. The reaction all over the web was overwhelming, and Twitter became nearly useless if you wanted to hear about anything else. I mean, come on, it’s only email, not the end of the world. Now, hear me out before you [...]

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  11. [...] applications, platforms and services definitely have both advantages and disadvantages. This week, there was a Gmail outage for several hours, illustrating that even a big cloud proponent like Google can’t keep data [...]

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  12. [...] but many people had no problem finding alternatives such as Twitter — to the point that Twitter itself felt the strain. It reminded me why I would hate for Google to buy Twitter or Facebook or any other communication [...]

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  13. [...] one goes down, it can strain the other channels we turn to pick up the slack. Last year’s Gmail outage also slowed down Twitter as people turned to that platform to vent and communicate. Today’s Skype outage was trumpeted [...]

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