Reports over the past couple of hours confirm that Google Plus was inaccessible for a brief period yesterday for several users. In addition to that, Google’s popular e-mail service, Gmail, too suffered some hiccups.
Google’s social network, Google Plus, was reportedly inaccessible for some users, temporarily, according to The Verge. Google clarified to The Verge that it was indeed facing some issues. A Google spokesperson confirmed that some Google services were experiencing issues and that they are investigating.
The report was soon updated thus, “the issue should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.”
Service disrupted temporarily; now up again
Google Mail (Gmail)
Google’s hugely popular e-mail service, Gmail, too was experiencing issues yesterday, pertaining to login, when using Single Sign-On Authentication.
On its Apps Status Dashboard, where usually Google provides details of service disruptions and other hiccups, it elaborated upon the service disruption on Gmail. The first post read, “We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Mail. We will provide more information shortly. Affected users are unable to login to Google Mail when using Single Sign-On Authentication.”
Hours later, Google provided that while it is still investigating on the problem, those affected can access the service by first logging into Google Drive and then clicking the “Gmail” link at the top of the page. Google’s last post read, “The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.”
This isn’t the first time that popular Google services have faced disruptions like these. In July last year, Gtalk suffered a disruption that affected user access worldwide. Each time users tried sending a chat across, they received a message that their chats haven't been received.
Google's Gtalk service is the most popular chat service available today, and a disruption such as this is bound to cause much inconvenience to its wide userbase globally. The service can also be accessed via Gmail, one of the most popular e-mail services around today. Google has put up an official notice confirming the issue.
Like Gtalk, Gmail too is hugely popular among email services available today. While Gmail did face a disruption, all seems to be fine now with the service. Confused about what's wrong, some took to Twitter. One user tweeted, “Anyone else having #Gmail connectivity issues? http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/mail.google.com.html … is showing a slow load but I am getting 405 errors”