Gmail outage today . . . did it also make your Chrome browser crash?

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FROM ALEXIS C. Madrigal, senior editor at The Atlantic website, where he oversees the Technology channel:

In today's episode of The Cloud's Unexpected Consequences, I've now heard from dozens and dozens of my Twitter followers who've experienced Chrome crashes in just the last half an hour.  

In fact, this very blog you're reading has experienced four crashes across two correspondents. Chrome is normally stable (for us, at least). What's going on? 

Well, you may have noticed that Gmail has been going in and out of service.

And you may or may not have realized this, but Chrome syncs with your Google Account, including Gmail.

So -- and this part remains speculative -- but a borked Gmail may mean a borked Chrome. An error in The Cloud means a crashed app here on my desktop. 

Or as the always quotable author and media inventor Robin Sloan put it, "Weird to think an error in some data center can reach its quavering tentacle into your laptop & bring down one of your apps," Sloan tweeted. 


If the syncing is really the problem, you may be able to fix the problem by unsyncing your account with Chrome.

Go to chrome://chrome/settings/ and click "Disconnect your Google Account." Take that quavering tentacle of The Cloud! 


And from ZDNet:

Gmail is down... and it's up again, in what may be the strangest, shortest outage the company's cloud-based email service has suffered in memory. 

Gmail suffered from a widespread outage earlier today. First reported from social media services -- such as Facebook and Twitter -- many were unable to access their Google-based email accounts for minutes.

At 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. Pacific), Google said that it was "investigating reports of an issue with Google Mail," and said it would provide more information shortly. It did not offer anything else, except marking it has a "service disruption," rather than a "service outage."

ZDNet's Rachel King said that her personal email account was down, while our Google Apps-powered email system remained "spotty." 

All in all, it appears that Google was down for only a few minutes -- perhaps no 15-20 minutes or so -- but it certainly left its mark on social media feeds.

Many users received 502 server errors when visiting their Gmail. So far, there's nothing from Google on the official Twitter accounts and no word back from the company. (Perhaps their Gmail is down? I jest...) 

Google Apps was not reporting any outages at the time of writing, suggesting that Google Apps for Business, Government and Education users were not affected.


Last modified: December 10. 2012 10:50AM
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