A huge outage took down three popular Google services, YouTube, Gmail, and Google Drive, ironically, on the 30th birthday of the internet…
Yesterday saw the celebration of the 30th birthday of the internet. The web is part of our daily routine. In fact, it’s integral to our everyday lives. So, when some of the most popular and widely used services go down, it’s a really big deal.
Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive Outage Occurs on Internet’s 30th Birthday
Last night, starting around 22:00 or 10 pm EST, people around the world began to notice something awry with a few key Google services. Gmail was the first to experience problems, which persisted and worsened.
Google Drive followed, with its own issues, keeping users from accessing their files. To compound the problem, YouTube went down. That broke the final straw and people flooded social media with reports of the outages.
Tracking site Down Detector showed outages for Gmail and YouTube beginning to appear about 10 o’clock last night. Then, Google confirmed the connectivity issues on its G Suite Dashboard. The site noted users encountering such alerts as “error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior.”
Approximately 2 hours after the outages started, Gmail and Google Drive came back online. Although, YouTube did not return to the web for several hours. Eventually, services were restored to all. Unfortunately, this is the largest and most widespread outage in some time. And, it all happened on the 30th birthday of the internet, ironically.