On Wednesday, reports began to surface that Google was down.
— Reuters (@Reuters) August 9, 2022
Although it has since returned, it once again highlights our reliance on technology service providers and shows how dependent many people are on a single operator for everyday functions.
There are few things that we fully rely on in our modern lives, but for many people, Google is one.
The brief disappearance of the internet felt like an almost apocalyptic moment to many – underlining how deeply “Googling” is integrated into our lives.
How’s google going?! This is it, this is the apocalypse pic.twitter.com/CtaGXY1709
— ✨Deedee LaCraze✨ (@deedeelacraze) August 9, 2022
like me wrote when cloud computing company Fastly went out of business last year,
It’s troubling when the sites we rely on suddenly become inaccessible, and even more so when it happens on such a massive scale.
We do not know yet. Google has so far not publicly responded to the outage.
There were more than 40,000 incidents of people reporting problems with the world’s largest search engine, according to Downdetector, which detects outages by collecting status reports from a number of sources, including user-submitted errors on its platform.
The outage affected a wide range of Google sites, including an internet monitoring website ThousandEyes report that more than a thousand servers are affected.
Despite the magnitude of the incident, it appears to have only taken about 30-40 minutes for service to return to normal.
Not an isolated event
Google, like all technology providers, is vulnerable to a wide range of potential service outages.
But such outages, however brief, do underline how dependent we have become on ‘googling’ for many aspects of life.
It’s not all bad news
While any outage at Google becomes big news worldwide, today’s incident was short-lived, like all previous cases.
Google certainly has the capacity and ability to act quickly to resolve service issues when they arise.
It seems that even when an almost unimaginable glitch occurs, our ability to search for cat photos is unaffected.