Web Traffic Plummets during Google OutageLast Updated: August 28, 2013
On Friday August 16th Google suffered from an outage that lasted from anything between 1 and 5 minutes. All of the company’s services were thought to have been effected during this period. These of course would include Gmail, Google Search, YouTube and Google Docs among others. The outage reportedly cost Google over half a million dollars.
However even more intriguing was the fact that global internet traffic dropped by 40% as a result of the glitch according to web analytics firm GoSquared. “That’s huge”, said GoSquared developer Simon Tabor. “As internet users our reliance on Google.com being up is huge. It’s also of note that page views spiked shortly afterwards, as users managed to get to their destination.” According to Google “Between 15.51 and 15.52 PDT, 50% to 70% of requests to Google received errors; service was mostly restored one minute later, and entirely restored after four minutes.”