Failed Google gridlocks worldwide web traffic

Failed Google gridlocks worldwide web traffic


The technical glitch brought down Google’s homepage and virtually halted services such as its search site, e-mail, YouTube and Google News performing sluggishly or unavailable to some users.  The slowdown peaked around mid-afternoon in Europe and morning in the US, affecting millions of users, reports news.com.au.

Micro-blogging service Twitter lit up throughout the morning with comments and complaints about the outage at the company that controls more than 60 percent of the US online search market alone. The Mountain View, California-based search giant did not provide any more details about the partial outage, but on their ‘official’ blog, Google staff used the analogy of ‘planes piling up over Asia’ to explain the meltdown.

The company claimed:  “About 14 per cent of our users experienced slow services”, but a graph of worldwide internet use posted by ‘Wired’ magazine pointed to a different story.
The graph shows traffic through the top 10 ISPs in the US and shows traffic slid to a virtual halt for two hours.

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