Google was down for 5 minutes, overall web traffic went down by 40%

Google was downGoogle services including Google Search suffered an rare outage on 17th Aug, early Saturday Morning. As per information the outage was noticed around 5 am IST and lasted for around 5 minutes.

The app dashboard for Gmail had the following message for users:

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 behavior. 

In India it was early morning so very few has witnessed this, unless you were using their services like their search or Gmail. However, news reports pointed out the outage and it was headlines on most news website.

CNET reported that according to web analytics firm GoSquared, traffic on the internet dropped around 40 percent during those five minutes and perhaps only highlights the reliance of internet users on the search giant.

Google also has acknowledged the outage, and states that the problem has been resolved. The official downtime according to Google status page was between 1 and 5 minutes.

GoSquared Stats:

Google.com was down for a few minutes between 23:52 and 23:57 BST on 16th August 2013. This had a huge effect in the number of page views coming into GoSquared’s real-time tracking – around a 40% drop, as this graph of our global page views per minute shows.

That’s huge. As internet users, our reliance on google.com being up is huge. It’s also of note that page views spiked shortly afterwards, as users managed to get to their destination.

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