Google goes dark for two minutes, Internet Traffic Plunges 40%

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On Friday, all Google services including from Google Search, Gmail, YouTube, and Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes and with it 40% of internet traffic.

The event began at approximately 4:37pm Pacific Time and lasted between one and five minutes, according to the Google Apps Dashboard. All of the Google Apps services reported being back online by 4:48pm.

The reason for the outage is not yet known, and Google refused to provide any further information.

According to web analytics firm GoSquared, global internet traffic fell by around 40% during the black-out, reflecting Google’s massive grip on the web.

“That’s huge,” said GoSquared developer Simon Tabor. “As internet users, our reliance on Google.com being up is huge.

A later message said: “Between 15:51 and 15:52 PDT, 50% to 70% of requests to Google received errors; service was mostly restored one minute later, and entirely restored after four minutes.”

Digital expert Phil Dearson, head of strategy for Tribal Worldwide, said the black-out had cost Google an estimated $500,000 (£330,000) just in the few minutes it was down.

Whatever details eventually do come to light, however, expect a lot of amazed – and nervous – talk around the water coolers in data centers everywhere next week.

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Written by Regina Timothy

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