Some Users Could Be Experiencing Gmail Outages

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My site stats are telling me I have a spike in traffic from searches relating to Gmail outages today. All the keywords are similar to “gmail down january 11”, with some minor variations, most leading to my Gmail’s Down post from last January. To me, that’s a good sign that Google’s having some problems. My account is unaffected thus far, though it might be (you never know).

Maybe this is some sort of rolling outage having to do with a major network upgrade. Or maybe there are brownouts (short power outages) at one of Google’s datacenters (unlikely; they must have enormous backup power systems). It’s probably not network trouble, since I’m getting visits from search.

So, that’s what I can gather from the search trends right now. There’s a possibility that Gmail is having trouble today. That’s all I know right now. I just hope it doesn’t hit me…


I am an avid technology and software user, in addition to being reasonably well-versed in CSS, JavaScript, HTML, PHP, Python, and (though it still scares me) Perl. Aside from my technological tendencies, I am also a theatre technician, sound designer, violinist, singer, and actor.

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