All of Google services went down recently, causing a 40% drop in worldwide internet traffic according to Analytics data.
Every one of Google’s services went down during this outage which includes Search, Google Mail, YouTube etc for between one and five minutes.
At the time, the Google Apps Dashboard said:
“We’re aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users, The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behaviour.”
Another message later read:
“Between 15:51 and 15:52 PDT, 50 to 70 percent of requests to Google received errors; service was mostly restored one minute later, and entirely restored after four minutes.”
Probably not suprisingly, Google hasn’t released a comment about why this happened.