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 ilovebeer on Tue 20th Aug 2013 06:25 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". I can imagine that during the blackout people were typing website names into Google and then just sitting, aimlessly waiting... "Now what?".


What's really pathetic about that is that it's absolutely true. I know people who do exactly what you've described. Without google holding their hand for the entire duration they're using the internet, they would be totally lost & incapable to doing anything. It's really, really lame.

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