(ORDO NEWS) — While it has since returned, it once again highlights our reliance on technology service providers and shows how many people rely on a single operator for day-to-day functions.
There are a few things that we completely rely on in our modern lives, but for many, Google is one of them.
The brief disappearance of Google from the Internet was for many an almost apocalyptic moment, highlighting how deeply integrated into our lives.
As I wrote when cloud computing firm Fastly crashed last year, “it’s disconcerting when sites we rely on suddenly become unavailable, and even more so when it happens on such a massive scale.”
We don’t know yet. Google has yet to publicly comment on the crash.
Google saw a significant spike in crash reports earlier today, according to Downdetector. The Reuters news feed reported:
“There have been over 40,000 cases of people reporting issues with the world’s largest search engine, according to Downdetector, which monitors outages by collating status reports from a range of sources, including user-generated ones. reported bugs on their platform.”
Downdetector also reported that people were having trouble accessing Google Maps, and The Guardian also reported problems with Gmail and Google Images.
The outage affected a wide range of Google sites, with internet monitoring website ThousandEyes reporting that more than a thousand servers were affected.
Despite the scale of the incident, it seems that it only lasted about 30-40 minutes before services began to return to normal.
Not an isolated case
Google, like all technology providers, is subject to a range of potential service outages.
This isn’t Google’s first crash – there have been other crashes in 2020 (including a very large one in December, reportedly caused by a lack of power in their authentication systems).
But crashes like these, however brief, underscore how addicted we have become to Google search in so many aspects of life.
It’s not all bad news
While any Google glitch is headline news worldwide, today’s incident was short-lived, like all previous cases.
Of course, Google has the ability and ability to act quickly to address service issues when they arise.
And as many people have pointed out, you can still search the web even when Google is down – you may just have to use a different search engine like Bing or DuckDuckGo.
It seems that even in the event of an almost unthinkable failure, our ability to search for photos of cats will not be affected.
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