Tech Outages: Facebook Offline, Gmail and Google Services Down
Gmail, which has gone down multiple times in the past several years, was down earlier today. The outage included other Google services such as Google Play, Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Chrome Sync. Some Chrome browser users reported on Twitter that loading Gmail would crash their browsers during the outage.
It was not clear as to how many users were impacted. Some did report that they were able to use Gmail during the period of the outage.
When the outage first hit, Google posted a message on its Apps Status Dashboard: “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Mail. We will provide more information shortly.”
The outage was later confirmed on the Apps Status Dashboard and lasted for approximately two hours. Gmail was last out of service on December 6 for a period of roughly 90 minutes.
Later in the day, Facebook went offline. The outage was relatively brief but there were numerous tweets on Twitter, including one from a fake Prince Charles proclaiming that the apocalypse had arrived. Some users reported the ability to use Facebook mobile apps during the outage.
Tests at approximately 6:35 p.m. showed that Facebook was once again online.