Yes, Gmail Has Gone Down & Google+, Too


Reports on Twitter — and my own first-hand experience — show that Google’s Gmail has gone down, a rare occurrence.

Using one of the many site status checking services out there, Down For Everyone Or Just Me, also shows Gmail as down:

Google’s “App Status Dashboard” isn’t showing the error, but it’s happening — and happening also, apparently, for those with Gmail through Google Apps accounts.

It also appears that Google’s social network, Google+, is suffering severe problems.

We’ve emailed Google for comment — oh wait, we can’t, because most of us and Google also use Gmail. But we will.

Meanwhile, Yahoo has decided it’s a good time to poke fun at Google, sharing the news on Twitter:


Kind of risky for Yahoo to poke fun at Gmail, given that its CEO Marissa Mayer had to apologize recently for Yahoo Mail woes that went on for days, for a small percentage of its users.

See also our related story: When Gmail Went Down, Yahoo Poked Fun On Twitter.

Meanwhile, the Gmail account on Twitter has said nothing — it last tweeted, at the time of this writing, on January 22.

Postscript 2:25pm ET: And service is now being restored for Gmail, it appears. Google+ is still sluggish.

Postscript 2:45pm ET: Gmail seems to be up-and-down now.

Postscript 3: Google’s posted an apology for the outages, saying they hit about 10 percent of users for about 30 minutes, and that it “missed the mark” for the reliability it aims for.

Related Topics: Channel: Consumer | Google: Gmail


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  • Jacques Bouchard

    This reflects a disturbing trend I’ve seen with Google’s peripheral (but extremely significant) services lately. YouTube has been very buggy as of late, Hangouts has been unreliable, Webmaster Tools’s graph reporting missed a beat a couple months back, and now this. *sigh*

  • Ruud

    Just asking : I see it so often, their own website, so your own email facility and why Gmail , not ??

  • Mark

    It’s completely dead on the PC, but strangely enough, works fine on mobile.

  • Chris Sanfilippo

    Thank god DFEOJM was still up, What would you do if that site was down too? lol

  • Teresa Kuhl

    Interesting. I browse Youtube a lot, and have noticed hiccups while the videos are playing, usually during the first 20 seconds. I thought it might be my Flash player, so I updated that, but the stuttering continued. Earlier, I also experienced an outage with Gmail. Closing the browser and restarting my machine seemed to resolve that.

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