Gmail Goes Down For An Hour, Leaves 5 Million People Without Email

The world went through a state of shock yesterday, when one of life's most essential necessities incurred a minor setback. No, we didn't experience an apocalypse: Gmail went down for the total of one (devastating) hour.

Gmail users the world over panicked for just over an hour at around 12:30 EST (17:30 GMT), after being greeted with the message: "We're sorry, but your Gmail account is temporarily unavailable." Thankfully, users were then assured when a message arrived 22 minutes later informing them that normal service has resumed: "The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."

The cause for the outage remains unknown, with Google issuing the following statement: "We've implemented a fix and users should now be able to access their mail. We apologize for the inconvenience."

Whilst approximately two per cent of account holders were unable to access their emails, this tiny statistic represents a much higher figure - roughly 5.25 million Google email users, in fact.

Despite this mishap throwing a spanner in Google's works, at least other sites got to benefit from their misfortune - with a noted increase in user activity across Facebook and Twitter (as well as a significant decrease in worker productivity).

Source: eWeek