Google and related services were inaccessible to some users Wednesday morning, prompting confusion and consternation across the Web.
Reports of outages began by 9:30 a.m. ET and quickly spread on Twitter, with users asking if the problem was affecting others as well. By 10:35 a.m. ET, some users were reporting that Google was back up.
Among the services affected were Gmail, Google Plus, Google Drive and YouTube. According to anecdotal reports, the outages appeared to be most prevalent among users in the Southeastern U.S.
Google did not immediately comment on the problem, confirmed by the site DownForEveryoneOrJustMe. Its App Status Dashboard didn’t recognize the issue Wednesday morning.
Adam Sullivan, in one of many similar comments, tweeted, “If google is down… How will I ever google “why is google down?”
“Oh dear God it’s the end of humanity as we know. Need to go buy bread and milk.#googledown,” added Rebeccah Connelly.
The outage drove some users to rival search engine Bing, while prompting jokes on Twitter about the apocalypse.
“Looks like the Mayans were only off by 6ish months… ” quipped Erica Arbetter.
“I feel a great disturbance, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. #googledown,” added Matt Braddick.
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