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Gfail: Gmail Goes Down for Nearly 2 Hours

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September 2, 2009 3:59:07 PM

Only the web interface was down. Gmail worked fine via POP throughout the "outage."
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September 2, 2009 4:00:37 PM

It didn't affect me. I would like to add that I hardly ever have service issues with GMail. Kudos to them for addressing the problem and being open about it, and for excellent FREE service.
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September 2, 2009 4:11:09 PM

It affected me as far as accessing the web site but POP worked fine. Google still rocks for getting it back up so fast. Keep doing your thing Google!
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September 2, 2009 4:18:48 PM

I lost access to the GMail website entirely, but my phone could still synch through POP3 just fine.
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September 2, 2009 4:19:33 PM

^ same here. Didn'T notice. However, time here is -4 EDT
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September 2, 2009 4:29:21 PM

Not a big deal to me since I don't need to check my Gmail account every hour like some people. Good to see they are working to make it more reliable though.
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September 2, 2009 4:33:26 PM

I've seen hotmail / msn messenger go down for longer than this without any explanation offered at all. one would expect that google would have issues from time to time as well. anyone arguing that microsoft is benefitting from this needs to really rethink what they are saying. i've already seen cnet try to say that microsoft was happy about this. i really doubt microsoft would have an opinion on the matter that would bolster their own product. just kind of shows how many hacks there are that claim to be in the IT field.
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September 2, 2009 4:34:30 PM

That's the price of free. If it's free, you can never get less than you pay for.
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September 2, 2009 4:43:28 PM

Is it me or does Google seem to have quite a few outages recently? IIRC there was one in June?
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September 2, 2009 4:49:05 PM

I tried accessing it when it was down and it frustrated me for a bit then I just went about my day and did something else. Hopefully it doesn't happen again but 2 hours without email didn't kill me yesterday.
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September 2, 2009 4:53:50 PM

people can live w/o email for two hours... it wasn't that big of a deal.
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September 2, 2009 5:08:35 PM

I guess it was not quite ready to come out of beta.
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September 2, 2009 5:09:45 PM

It doesn't make it a "Gfail" - sheesh.
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September 2, 2009 5:11:10 PM

I really thought that Google's server infrastructure made of thousands cheap and redundant servers could never fail ... guess I was wrong.



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September 2, 2009 5:19:38 PM

So I'm a huge gmail fan. Best email out there in my opinion. Everyone at my company basically uses it (for it's chat aspect) and it archives everything automatically in a super efficient search. All that being said....it's reliability has been truly horrible lately. I only know this because I use it all day at work, and when it goes down suddenly im out of the communication loop. It happens pretty often too...like once a month. I'd never know if it happens with other emails because I don't sit on them 9 hours a day....but yeah, it's getting annoying.
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September 2, 2009 5:21:00 PM

at least they didn't try to pull an apple and tell their users to stay silent
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September 2, 2009 5:23:16 PM

Google makes gazillions of dollars off of their 'free' service with their ad space. If you think about it, it's not free, your simply giving them space in your brain. Meh, I wasn't using it. That being said, I love Google and their excellent services. Quality, innovative products at the cost of a fairly unobtrusive ads, they've got my vote. 2 hours is a hiccup, not an outage.
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September 2, 2009 5:28:45 PM

jesus bif rikin deal. Whats all this hype about a 2 hour downtime. i guess some ppl cant live without e-amil these days, geeeeshhh
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Anonymous
September 2, 2009 5:30:54 PM

Oh wow, I see what they did there. You see, "Gfail" rhymes with "Gmail" and is therefore witty.
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September 2, 2009 5:35:23 PM

I was using the web interface and it affected me. I was quite surprised that it was down. Maybe they should have kept the beta tag a little longer after all.
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September 2, 2009 5:39:01 PM

Gfail not the suitable word anyway
I had use Gmail and i will continue use it because it fast secure and has strong Spam filter
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September 2, 2009 5:48:41 PM

Will someone tell S. Palin about this.. before she thinks her gmail account got hacked too!!
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September 2, 2009 5:49:46 PM

Could not send email from the GMail Blackberry app either.
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September 2, 2009 5:54:08 PM

Past couple of days I would have to refresh my gmail more then once because It would freeze or not show me all my email's, Google better do something before they start losing users interest in it.
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September 2, 2009 6:10:11 PM

Do people soon forget when Windows Live Mail (Hotmail Ajax) first launched its beta that it did not work with IE6 for a week. That is a fail in my book because it was not an outage.
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September 2, 2009 6:28:44 PM

i didn't even know it was down until i read this article, but i'm not a heavy gmail user, i just leave it open in a tab all day and wait for a notifier to tell me a i have an a new gmail message
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September 2, 2009 6:51:52 PM

absolutely ridiculous rookie mistake. I don't know how they stay in business with only a 99.9999% up-time rate.

2 hours? who cares.
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September 2, 2009 7:01:41 PM

swivelguyOnly the web interface was down. Gmail worked fine via POP throughout the "outage."

So did IMAP.
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September 2, 2009 7:46:02 PM

99.93% uptime in case people want to know.
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September 2, 2009 7:50:04 PM

I don't use GMail very often. It's my "this site looks like I might get spam by signing up for an account" email.
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September 2, 2009 8:02:37 PM

It was down for me a lot of yesterday. i didnt closely count the hours as im supposed to be doing work at the same time.
now if i could just get the thing to quit hogging my CPU
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September 2, 2009 9:12:45 PM

Why is this news?
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September 2, 2009 11:33:56 PM

yeah i lost gmail for a little bit. noticed it when my phone stopped getting gmail access. was only down a little bit.
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September 2, 2009 11:57:40 PM

yeah! lets all use cloud computing cause it will be awesome and nothing could ever go wrong!....

yeah blizzard, lets make starcraft dependent on the internet and your servers for no valid reason. cause it will never have problems like this...
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September 3, 2009 5:23:55 AM

Google gets points for getting it back two hours later? LOL. Okay then. At least POP still worked.
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September 3, 2009 1:32:04 PM

I've used gmail since beta (when you had to be invited rather than just signup... so elite) and I've never been happier with an email provider. They continue to push the envelope rather than sit by and react to the market. They were first to offer GB size mailboxes for free, they were the first (that I knew of) to offer stacking mails and it's just so much cleaner than other emails. I wouldn't have even known about the downtime had I not read/heard about it online/via radio.
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