Gmail Down as Facebook Email Goes Up

Could this be the reasoning for the down time? I’ve reached out to Google for answers, and will update the post when I hear back.

The tension in the air at the Facebook press conference in San Francisco on Monday morning was palpable. Since TechCrunch broke the news on Thursday that Facebook was announcing Project Titan, a Facebook-based web mail system, outlet after outlet piggybacked onto the story, with all headlines reading similarly:

“Is Facebook Launching a Gmail Killer?”

Facebook was adamant that the new product enhancements to their messaging system did NOT make it an email killer. “I think Gmail is a really good product,” Mark Zuckerberg said at the Monday conference.

But what if Google shoots itself in the foot before the Facebook email has a chance to “kill Gmail”?

Today, mere hours after the Facebook announcement, there have been multiple reports coming from the web that Google’s popular email service, Gmail, is down.

“GMAIL GOES DOWN (Right after Facebook announces email for all)” said @HuffPostTech in a tweet shortly after the first reports came in from Twitter.

Tweets started to roll in after the Huffington Post story broke. Yelp’s official Twitter account joined in on the circulating snark that followed the HuffPo story:

“yelp: Gmail down? Perfect time to write a Yelp review!”

Site status monitor reports that Gmail is functioning properly for us, though users continue to tweet access issues. The Google Apps Status Dashboard has no problems reported as of today; there was a problem, however, on November 9th, to which Google responded:

“The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. If you are still experiencing an issue, please contact us via the Google Help Center.”

Whatever the case, I’ll be tracking Gmail’s status as the afternoon unfolds. But one must admit – the timing here is terrible.


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