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[2]: Statistics
by gan17 on Mon 19th Aug 2013 13:47 UTC in reply to "RE: Statistics"
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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".


That's a good point, and probably one of the reasons why the percentage is that large. Many browsers use Google as default search engine, so even typing a plain "facebook" into a browser address bar that has no prior history will result in a Google search for Facebook being done.

With Chrome/ium or some mobile browsers, it's probably even more extreme. Just typing "face" will result in "Facebook - Google Search" being the first selectable option.

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