Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Gmail Down - Gmail Goes Pfft in Some Areas

Everyone seems to be in panic as "gmail goes down", "gmail not working" and "gmail problems" search began to shoot up like hot rocks from a raging volcano. As you should know, Gmail has 25 million users around the globe and the report says that 33 percent of these subscribers are affected.

The problem started 9:30 AM GMT as the Gmail monitoring systems noted that "consumer and businesses accounts worldwide could not get access to their email". The Guardian UK had obtained a statement from a Gmail representative which says:

A number of users are having difficulty accessing Gmail and we're working to resolve the problem. We know how important Gmail is to users so we are taking this very seriously and we apologise for any inconvenience caused.

We encourage anyone having technical difficulties to visit the Gmail help centre at mail.google.com/support.

The estimated loss from this technical problem was said to amount at $50 per hour in productivity loss. So all in all, this glitch is costing as much as $415 million economic cost per hour. That's too much money! I guess Gmail should resolve this glitch as soon as they can. Luckily for me, my Gmail still works. I guess I do not belong the the 33% of those affected.

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