Gmail Goes Down, Over 200 Million Users Go Dark

We're not sure if misery truly loves company, but if you found that your Gmail accounts weren't working yesterday, take solace in the fact that the problem probably wasn't something on your end. Apparently someone at Google tripped over the power cord (our unofficial diagnosis), because Gmail went down pretty hard yesterday.

"Between 0554 and 1530 Pacific Time today, 29.1 percent of messages received by Gmail users were delayed," Google said on its Gmail status page. "The average (median) delay was just 2.6 seconds, but some mail was more severely delayed. However, this issue did not affect users’ access to the Gmail page or other functionality."


In a previous status update, Google said the issue was affecting less than 50 percent of Gmail users, which means almost half of all Gmail users suffered some kind of glitch yesterday. Since Gmail is home to 425 million users, that works out to nearly 212 million people who may have had trouble using the service on Monday.

Google has since resolved the issue, though the company didn't identify what the problem was, meaning it's still (remotely) possible that someone really did trip over a power cord.

"We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better," Google said.