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GMail Outage Anyone?

Earlier today Jackson West, one of our writers was bemoaning the flakiness he was encountering today with his Google Mail (GMail) account. A few others said that they were having some problems, though I personally did not have any issues with the account. gmaildown.pngNevertheless it is starting to look like an epidemic. Sarah in Tampa is reporting some problems as well. Here is a screen shot a good buddy of ours emailed us. Are you experiencing problems with GMail? There has been an increased incidence of downtimes at Google’s suite of web services.

57 Responses to “GMail Outage Anyone?”

  1. I have two gmail accounts, one for work and one for personal stuff. Over the past year or so, I occasionally have problems with one or the other: either I can’t get into it at all, or POP stops working for a while.

    Whenever this happens, the other account is always fine, so it seems like outages (while generally rare) affect specific clusters or whatever google calls them.

    It really sucks when it happens, and highlights how helpless you feel when you don’t have email working. But (for me anyway) Gmail breaks less often than when we maintained our own private email at work, and when I maintained my own personal email server. The bonus is that I don’t have to do anything except wait for them to fix it.

  2. I have a hosted account at Google (www.google.com/hosted) and it was down last night for over an hour. I have a long commute and I usually check my email. It is worrisome because this is used for my business (Google is hosting my domain account). I am especially concerned that I may have not received certain emails. This can’t be good for businesses that rely on Google and its, supposedly highly available, systems.

  3. Oh: and e-mail delays have nothing to do with Google server; they are seen on all similar services, and are related to a massive under-inverstment in broadband by gready ISPs in USA. Ask Sen. Ted Stevens: he has a great explanation on this one.

  4. Wow, glad I’m not just paranoid. The other thing — is it just me, or is something effed up with YouTube, too? Their search and ‘most recent’ listings are usually three hours behind the times, and I tried to post a clip via YouTube’s ‘blog this’ to my wordpress.com blog hours ago and it still hasn’t shown up.

  5. I have been having trouble with Google “Feeds In Tabs” on my Google personal page. Have been getting a server not found error. The remainder of the page comes in fine.

  6. Mine’s been acting up since Google did maintenance on GoogleGroups.

    Historically, any time Google tweaks a program – Gmail and/or the other apps will get dodgy. It generally settles back to normal in about a week though.

    Throw in the added bonus of all the ice & snow storms that hit the midwest and the impact that has on the different ISP’s – both through loss of service and the increase of usage by all the people that are housebound.

    Just have patience, keep emptying your caches and Gmail & Google apps should be back in working order by next week.

  7. Gmail goes down for me all the time. I have 4 gmail accounts that I check 5-9 times a day each.

    Why? Don’t ask.

    There hasn’t been a week that has gone by that I don’t remember seeing this screen at least once.

    I think this is a regular problem, it just depends on who is affected and how often.

  8. There has been some reports lately as to new vulnerabilities that open the opportunity for a malicious attacker to hijack a users Google account by stealing cookies. Google could be working on a fix for this? When Gmail goes down, you know Google is usually working on something good!
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=448

    Also Google is rumored to be integrating AIM into Gtalk this year. Could explain the downtime as well.
    http://blogs.zdnet.com/Google/?p=449

    Remember… they are STILL in beta! So i guess we cant yell at them too loudly.

  9. I had to go into “classic mode” yesterday but fixed itself after a few hours. Something fishy is going on over at google. I hope its just a big upgrade with a lot of new features causing the problems.

  10. I experienced the outage, too, and found the most unexpected evidence of not being the only one: my blog referrer log. An old blog post I wrote received quite a few hits from Google search “gmail down” within an hour.

  11. Eric Willis

    One more thing to. Sometimes I forward emails to my hotmail account and gmail account just to save them. I noticed the ones at gmail have been arriving late sometimes..not all of them but some of them. And when I mean late.. they sometimes show in my inbox 12 hours or more later..sometimes a day later…very peculiar behavior lately on my gmail account.