Gmail's logo. It still looks like this. Get used to it.
Enlarge / Gmail’s emblem. It nonetheless appears like this. Get used to it.


Google has been having a tough time this week with service outages. It has now had two days, possibly even three days relying on who you ask, of main downtime.

On Monday, Google’s authentication system went down for about an hour, taking down Gmail, YouTube, Google Maps, Google Docs, and most different Google providers. Google blamed the outage on “an inner storage quota situation,” which sounds loads like Google ran out of cupboard space.

On Tuesday, Gmail began having issues once more, which Google’s standing dashboard described as “a important subset of customers… seeing error messages, excessive latency, and/or different surprising conduct.” Many experiences, like this one from TechCrunch, mentioned emails had been immediately bouncing. Rival electronic mail service ProtonMail even says some emails despatched to Gmail have been “completely misplaced” and can should be despatched once more.

Google’s Gmail standing dashboard says any issues had been resolved yesterday (12/15) simply earlier than 10pm ET, however this morning there are nonetheless experiences of disrupted service within the feedback on DownDetector. Specifically, customers who entry Gmail by third-party purchasers appear to be having issues.

One fascinating drawback for automated programs is that the error message Gmail was sending Tuesday was “550-5.1.1 The e-mail account that you just tried to succeed in doesn’t exist.” This is not a “Gmail is quickly down” message however as a substitute a everlasting error message indicating an electronic mail deal with that’s now not in service. Many mailing checklist packages and automatic programs will probably be proactive about culling useless addresses from the database, so customers affected by the issues yesterday might need been mechanically, silently faraway from some lists.

At present, Google’s Workspace standing dashboard says every thing is ok.


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