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This article was published on August 17, 2013

Google went down today. The Internet went bananas.

Google went down today. The Internet went bananas.
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Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos Former CEO of The Next Web. A fan of startups, entrepreneurship, getting things done faster, penning the occasional blog post, taking photos, designing, listening to good music and making lurrrve.

We wouldn’t normally write about a mere few minutes in down time, but when it’s Google, it’s notable.

Google.com, Google’s search product (you may have heard of) went down between 23:52 and 23:57 BST according to Search Engine Land. Not since 2009 has Google Search experienced any downtime.

What’s more, it appears a number of other Google services, namely Gmail, YouTube, Google Drive and Google Calendar experienced varying minutes of down time.

It didn’t appear to trend on Twitter but a look at Hacker News and the graph below (via Twitter analytics tool Topsy) will tell you it definitely happened.

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Analytics tool GoSquared also noticed an immediate page view drop of 40% across all its customers sites.

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Google has issued a statement saying:

“We have received reports of an issue affecting some Google services. The issue is now resolved. Please follow our dashboard for more information: http://www.google.com/appsstatus”

Who else restarted their router to try to fix the problem? :)