Drones. Automatic driving cars. Detailed 3-D photographic maps of the world. Google seemingly does it all and has become the de facto leader of the Internet. But for approximately 20 minutes today apparently their Gmail servers went offline and online communication around the world was stifled.
Twitter users took notice:
I'm dying without Gmail. I feel like I haven't heard about J. Crew's 40% off sale in years.
— Dave Shumka (@daveshumka) January 24, 2014
“Huh. Is gmail down for everyone or just—” *looks at twitter* “welp, apocalypse has arrived I guess”
— MeliSSL ˙ ͜ʟ˙ (@0xabad1dea) January 24, 2014
The view outside my window during the Gmail crash: pic.twitter.com/EjIIEA57rc
— Dave Gilson (@daudig) January 24, 2014
I know why gmail went down. Obama must have promised we could keep it. #onmessage
— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) January 24, 2014
Currently rocking back and forth on my office sofa, trying to cope with the loss of my ability to email. Don't do me like this, Gmail.
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) January 24, 2014
#gmail. Nooaaa! Hotmail losers are laughing at the rest of us. You know you're scrambling for your AOL password.
— Jim Rome (@jimrome) January 24, 2014
Causes for the Gmail outage have not yet been disclosed. We will update this article as more information becomes available. For now though, Gmail is back up and the world can pick up where it left off. Continue.