Google experienced a temporary outage as its services such as Gmail, Google Docs, and YouTube became unavailable across the world. For over an hour, all services provided by the internet giant were inaccessible as “Something went wrong” was the title on each page. The outage occurred in different countries such as the U.S, U.K, Russia, and across Europe.
Users were receiving several error messages when trying to access their Google accounts. Google Docs and YouTube reported an error as well and asked users to return to the page after a few minutes.
The outage seemed to be related to the company’s authentication tools, which control how users access services run by both Google and third-party developers. Services that do not work without logging in, such as Gmail and Google Calendar, were unavailable entirely.
Nonetheless, third-party services that use Google’s authentication platform were still accessible for users who were already logged in. But users who tried to sign in or out of the service were denied access, which prompted complaints from different countries.
Although outages occur regularly on media platforms and service providers, today’s disruption is significant because it suspended Google’s primary services at once.
DownDetector, a website known for aggregating information about website issues, also recorded a surge in users reporting problems with Google today. According to the report from the website, the issue was more severe in Europe and London.
Following BBC’s report, a spokesperson at Google also testified that they were unable to access their mailing accounts during the outage. However, Google’s search platform was spared during the global outage, as it was functioning well and continued operation as usual.
Google outage and the response from crypto Twitter
Just like crypto Twitter is known for its controversies, the community was quick to react. The former lead maintainer at Monero, Riccardo Spagni, hastily pointed out in a tweet that Bitcoin can fix the issue.
But some users noted that the outage, though temporary, could have affected users’ crypto holdings in centralized exchanges and blockchain services that use two-factor authentication systems.
On the other hand, other users overlooked the incident, pointing out that Bitcoin is still up and running, as it has only gone down twice in its history – in 2010 and 2013.
Meanwhile, as at press time, some Google services were running.