Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 19th Aug 2013 10:33 UTC
Internet & Networking

Worldwide internet traffic plunged by around 40% as Google services suffered a complete black-out, according to web analytics experts.

The tech company said all of its services from Google Search to Gmail to YouTube to Google Drive went down for between one and five minutes last night.

The reason for the outage is not yet known, and Google refused to provide any further information when contacted by Sky News Online.

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.

Woah.

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RE: Statistics
by sb56637 on Mon 19th Aug 2013 13:22 UTC in reply to "Statistics"
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2006-05-11

Yep. And not just content per se; people depend on Google to access entire websites too. It's amazing how many people still type "facebook" into Google and then click on the search result in order to access "facebook.com". I can imagine that during the blackout people were typing website names into Google and then just sitting, aimlessly waiting... "Now what?".

Another theory is that people assumed their entire internet connection was down. I admit that I use Google as my de facto internet connection test because their pages are fast to load and almost never down. On several occasions I have seen brief Google outages, probably because of DNS problems or routing issues at my local ISP, and I sat there for a few minutes trying to diagnose my internet connection before it occurred to me to test a non-Google website.

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