Gmail outage leaves users angry and befuddled

The apocalypse is not here, but you wouldn't know that from the way people were reacting to the email service disruption.

By Benzinga Jan 24, 2014 4:21PM

Image: Man with laptop (© Comstock Images/Jupiterimages)By Louis Bedigian

 

Google's (GOOG) beloved email service and accompanying document apps went down Friday afternoon.

It is not yet known how many users are (or were) affected, but it seems to be impacting a large number of Google users.

 

Google has updated its App Status Dashboard page with a message about the outage:

"We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly."

Google posted similar messages for Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Drawings, Google Sites and Google Groups.


But on Twitter (TWTR), many users are already complaining (and joking) about the outage.


It now appears that Gmail is coming back online for some users.


Here's some of what people had to say about the issue on Twitter:


























































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25Comments
Jan 24, 2014 5:17PM
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Oh noes, I cannot access my email for about 2hrs! I am going to die! Anarchy! Burn them flags! Return all bacon!

 

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Get over it. How often do they even go down? I understand there are very serious reasons (business paperwork, clients' emails, etc), but it's not any different to having a blackout or an internet outage. You'll survive it, trust me. Heck, if you're reading this, congrats. You lived through it.

Jan 24, 2014 5:16PM
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I couldn't imagine what would happen to the country if they turned the technology clock back to...say 1980, my senior year in high school, for just 1 week...
Jan 24, 2014 5:39PM
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Are u kidding me?! U get this service for free and your have the temerity to complain?!!?
Jan 24, 2014 5:16PM
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It was only down for like 5 minutes!  
Jan 24, 2014 5:09PM
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Ha Ha! Guess all those SPAMMERS won't be able to send their tainted with a virus e-mails now!
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They were probably hacked or handing over your data to the NSA since we know google is in bed with them.
Jan 24, 2014 7:49PM
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Anyone that relies totally on cloud, internet, based applications from Google is insane!
Jan 24, 2014 5:15PM
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In house email is the way to to go....
Jan 24, 2014 8:22PM
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I want to know when the G string goes down
Jan 24, 2014 6:50PM
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# we will survive
I didn't even notice  it was down
Jan 24, 2014 5:07PM
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Google, where you can lose all aspects of your privacy and be nothing but a commodity of corporations. Google depends on all the blind sheep of the world.
Jan 24, 2014 5:57PM
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Hmmm...maybe they are treating gmail users like Microsoft is treating hotmail users.....like maybe they have a new system they'd like everyone to change to....
Jan 24, 2014 7:44PM
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Who cares ?   You play with e-life, you take the hit.
Jan 24, 2014 11:48PM
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If they get it for free, screw what they think.
Jan 24, 2014 8:24PM
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Oh No!! global warming has reared its ugly head; meanwhile great to see the market crash today...
Jan 25, 2014 3:04AM
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Gmail sucks anyways...Good riddance!
Jan 24, 2014 6:31PM
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My Gmail was out for an hour or so but it was restored by 3:00pm EDT.
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