Gmail went down
for something like
10 minutes. I’ve
been using Gmail
since I can’t remember when. There are
13,879 emails saved in my account.
Gmail has become the de facto searchable
archive of my correspondence—and
what essentially are my conversations—
with colleagues, experts, friends and
businesses. And by the looks of Twitter,
I’m not alone.
I jumped in and tweeted “Gmail
fail” wondering how widespread it was.
It was widespread. At least 50 or so
“gmail” tweets were being posted every
10–15 seconds. Probably more. There
was a sudden shared atmosphere of
addicts with nowhere else to turn, and
it was noted with the world-weary irony
normally reserved for journalists:
“Gmail falters. Tech world freaks.”
“Apparently Gmail has been down this
afternoon, which explains why I haven’t
answered the email you sent me three
“So wait, are there any members of the
free world who don’t have Gmail accounts
“CAMERA 1: Two people at desks.
They rise, look at each other. ‘Much…
talking.’ ‘Yes. So wow.’ ‘We rebuild.’ They
hold hands. /scene.”
It goes on, presumably for a full 18
minutes in some areas. Long enough for
Yahoo! to get in the Twitter feed and poke
Google in the eye and run.
I both love and hate Google. It knows
more about me than I do, and it’s given
that information to people who used it to
impel my elucidation about restraining
orders. It wants to force me to use
Google+, which I suppose they can do.
It’s their platform, but still. Give me a
finished product and established terms of
use, please. Stop making a test monkey
out of me.
Then again, I guess that pretty
that any minute, I could be locked
out of a database containing years of
Hopefully, the NSA can retrieve it