Yes, Gmail Was Down

Google's Gmail is experiencing an outage this afternoon


Google's Gmail is experiencing an outage this afternoon. What's remarkable is the volume of commenting and Tweeting (looks like about 1,000 per minute) with users remarking/complaining about the outage, a reminder of how essential Gmail has become for many users. 

"We're aware that people are having trouble accessing Gmail," Google said on its Twitter account. "We're working on fixing it." A post on the Gmail blog added that "if you have IMAP or P0OP set up already, you should be able to access your mail that way in the meantime." UPDATE: As of 5:15 pm Eastern time, it appears the Gmail web interface is back up for most users.

Gmail also had an extended outage in February when a code change triggered "cascading problems" that overloaded a data center in Europe. For more background on that outage, aliong with a broader overview of Google's incident management, see our interview with Google senior VP of operations Urs Hoelzle (How Google Routes Around Outages).

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