So as you may or may not have noticed on Friday, for a brief period of time. 1-2 minutes in my estimation, all Google services went dark.
According to GoSquared (an analytics company) the outage caused a 40% drop in global traffic. Simon Tabor a GoSquared developer spoke on the blogpost saying "That’s huge. As internet users, our reliance on google.com being up is huge. It’s also of note that pageviews spiked shortly afterwards, as users managed to get to their destination." GoSquared also produced a graph showing the real time drop in pageviews.
Google have yet to release an actual statement as to what caused the problem, other than stating on the Google Apps Status Dashboard the following snippets:
"We're aware of a problem with Gmail affecting a significant subset of users. The affected users are able to access Gmail, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior."
"..Rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better...service was mostly restored one minute later, and entirely restored after 4 minutes."
The majority of web users utilise Google driven apps in some way, shape, or form wether it be Gmail, Google Docs or even just Google Search. Even though the issue only lasted a few minutes, the fact it affected all Google apps, makes this a worrying issue indeed. There is also lots of speculation on the cause of the issue, add to that lots of people dissapointed in Google because it went down, but nothing is ever foolproof and Google is only the latest in a long list of sites to have downtime.