Yesterday night on April 16, Gmail was down again. After the it went down a couple of months ago (maybe there were others but we didn’t notice them), we’ve got ourselves with another outage, and frankly, we are getting tired of them. Although the outage affected only some users, some said that “this is the end of the Internet”, but why would they say such thing? Well, because many people depend on Gmail, including me as I need it for my work and I’m sure there are a lot of people who find themselves in my situation.
“We’re aware of a problem with Google Mail affecting a small subset of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Mail,” said Google. The time was 2:16 p.m. PDT on Thursday.
Just like the Hotmail outage last week, this affected a lot of users and after a while Google said that “Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users within the next 1 hour.” However, the outage persisted, and it affected a lot of users. Users we’re getting a message that their Gmail service is temporary unavailable, but an extra message was displayed: “Hide Detailed Technical Info Numeric Code: 66″. I don’t know what’s that, maybe just a bad Gmail interface, but I remember that we had this problem with Gmail error 66 back in January and February.
I’m not experiencing Gmail problems now, and from what I noticed the #gmaildown and #gmailfail trends have disappeared from Twitter. Maybe Gmail is not down Today, and we will have a peaceful Friday. Stay tuned, I’ll keep you updated if anything changes.
Update: Users report Gmail is still down on Friday morning. Thanks Bill!