RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – If you have tried to access your Gmail account or YouTube this morning, good luck. Google’s global services were hit by a near-global outage Monday morning.
“The world is ending! The time has come!”
So posted a visitor to the Downdetector website which tracks global outages.
Well, maybe not THAT bad – but still serious for the millions who rely on Gmail, YouTube and related services.
As of 8:45 a.m. Google’s service tracking board reported most services have been restored. However, there were still issues wih Gmail.
By 9:40 a.m., the dash board indicated all services had been restored.
“The problem with Gmail should be resolved for the vast majority of affected users,” said Google’s parent company, Alphabet, at 7:52 a.m.. “We will continue to work towards restoring service for the remaining affected users.”
Google noted: “We are aware that many of you are having issues accessing YouTube right now – our team is aware and looking into it. We’ll update you here as soon as we have more news.”
How big’s the problem?
Reported The New York Times: “The tech giant’s popular apps — including Calendar, Gmail, Hangouts, Maps, Meet, Stadia and YouTube — crashed, halting work across the globe and sending angry users to Twitter to vent about the loss of services.”
Around 7:45 a.m., services did begin to recover.
“YouTube still needs to fix a lot… but at least we can watch videos,” a poster said at Downdetector.
This screen shot from the Downdetector web site shows the scale of the outage at 7:35 a.m.