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If there was any doubt about Google and its dominant reach on the web, then the five minute outage that took down all Google properties including GMail and YouTube on late Friday proved it for once and for all. Go Squared, which keeps track of web traffic, on its website noted that “the number of page views coming into GoSquared’s real-time tracking — around a 40% drop.” According to Deepfield, an Ann Arbor, MI based networking company, Google (not including its other properties) now accounts for nearly 25 percent of internet traffic on an average. “I’d say the overall impact was modest since the outage mainly seemed to impact lower bandwidth (but arguably more critical) services like gmail,” said Craig Labovitz, founder of Deepfield and added, “Specifically, the large volumes of Youtube traffic originating from distributed Google Edge Caches (GGC) do not appear to have been impacted in the same way.”

  1. I’m a big fan of all my Google tools and my Android devices, but there are some interesting philosophical questions that start popping up when this sort of thing happens. As Google becomes the primary intermediary for internet access for more and more people, is there ever a point at which Google’s responsibilities to a society would trump their responsibilities to their shareholders? What would that point look like? How would we know we had arrived upon it?

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    1. Jack C

      We have been heading to this Internet centralization for a very long time. It is unfortunate but true. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this happen again, for Google is truly redefining the scale of it all.

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    2. Good questions, well posed.

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  2. Never even noticed …

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  3. “Google’s responsibilities to a society would trump their responsibilities to their shareholders”

    So by all means, let’s seize it and hand it over to the executive branch of government which has exactly *one* elected official (out of millions of armed and unarmed loyalists) and which already controls trillions in wealth (largely created by the 80%+ of Americans not of the political class) and which has systematically confiscated the interest-rate-based earning power of all dollar savings, for over a decade.

    And, by the way, a big hi to the NSA.

    I think we should leave Google with its shareholders (they already do the Feds’ bidding in extremis, anyway).

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  4. It’s as if the equivalent of this happened, except on the internet

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  5. “Google’s responsibilities to a society would trump their responsibilities to their shareholders”

    That is a very interesting statement, think of all of the ways that it could go.

    I have honestly imagined Google being brought up in a house committee for questioning about being a monopoly. I would laugh so hard if they addressed one of the house members as “The esteemed fellow from xxxxxxx state that likes to look at bdsm porn”.

    As much as the NSA knows about us, Google does too. They know who we call from our Android phones, they know what emails we get, and they know what we search for. Its kind of scary to think with the google fiber people, they even know what they like to watch on tv. Soon Android will be in cars (I saw Mercedes is testing out Google glasses) they will know where we drive then. At what point will they use our information for the “public good”?

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  6. I thought that these problems are only in our country(Azerbaijan),but we can see these problems in USA the most democratic country

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    1. guest from europe Sunday, August 18, 2013

      USA the most democratic country. LOLed so hard almost fell off me chair

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