Earlier today Jackson West, one of our writers was bemoaning the flakiness he was encountering today with his Google Mail (GMail) account. A few others said that they were having some problems, though I personally did not have any issues with the account. Nevertheless it is starting to look like an epidemic. Sarah in Tampa is reporting some problems as well. Here is a screen shot a good buddy of ours emailed us. Are you experiencing problems with GMail? There has been an increased incidence of downtimes at Google’s suite of web services.
57 thoughts on “GMail Outage Anyone?”
It’s been working fine for me in both Maine this morning and NYC since about noon.
I have had problems the last couple of days. No problems with any other site… however, sometimes it is just impossible for me to log into Gmail.
One more thing to. Sometimes I forward emails to my hotmail account and gmail account just to save them. I noticed the ones at gmail have been arriving late sometimes..not all of them but some of them. And when I mean late.. they sometimes show in my inbox 12 hours or more later..sometimes a day later…very peculiar behavior lately on my gmail account.
I experienced the outage, too, and found the most unexpected evidence of not being the only one: my blog referrer log. An old blog post I wrote received quite a few hits from Google search “gmail down” within an hour.
Might be a random coincidence, but I’ve been having intermittent problems with Google Calendar all day today.
I had to go into “classic mode” yesterday but fixed itself after a few hours. Something fishy is going on over at google. I hope its just a big upgrade with a lot of new features causing the problems.
I have experienced a couple of very minor outages today (less than a couple of minutes each), so nothing major or out of the ordinary for gmail. Touch on wood…
There has been some reports lately as to new vulnerabilities that open the opportunity for a malicious attacker to hijack a users Google account by stealing cookies. Google could be working on a fix for this? When Gmail goes down, you know Google is usually working on something good!
Also Google is rumored to be integrating AIM into Gtalk this year. Could explain the downtime as well.
Remember… they are STILL in beta! So i guess we cant yell at them too loudly.
Interesting. I’m using Google Apps and have yet to see a Goole Apps Gmail issue of the type I sometimes see with regular gmail.com Gmail.
Was not working for me here in EST most of the last afternoon.
Working fine for me all day. No problems. I’m in the San Francisco bay area.
I haven’t noticed any problems.
Gmail goes down for me all the time. I have 4 gmail accounts that I check 5-9 times a day each.
Why? Don’t ask.
There hasn’t been a week that has gone by that I don’t remember seeing this screen at least once.
I think this is a regular problem, it just depends on who is affected and how often.
Mine’s been acting up since Google did maintenance on GoogleGroups.
Historically, any time Google tweaks a program – Gmail and/or the other apps will get dodgy. It generally settles back to normal in about a week though.
Throw in the added bonus of all the ice & snow storms that hit the midwest and the impact that has on the different ISP’s – both through loss of service and the increase of usage by all the people that are housebound.
Just have patience, keep emptying your caches and Gmail & Google apps should be back in working order by next week.
I have been having trouble with Google “Feeds In Tabs” on my Google personal page. Have been getting a server not found error. The remainder of the page comes in fine.
I had about an hour outage tonight.
Down for 90 minutes this afternoon in Palo Alto.
Wow, glad I’m not just paranoid. The other thing — is it just me, or is something effed up with YouTube, too? Their search and ‘most recent’ listings are usually three hours behind the times, and I tried to post a clip via YouTube’s ‘blog this’ to my wordpress.com blog hours ago and it still hasn’t shown up.
i’ve had issues with Calendar…
I can’t really see on your .png, but it appears you try to connect to
GMail’s URL is
Same problem for Google Calendar. I have spend some time on Gmail Help Forum, and 90% of the problems are do either to that, or a cache problem in Firefox.
Oh: and e-mail delays have nothing to do with Google server; they are seen on all similar services, and are related to a massive under-inverstment in broadband by gready ISPs in USA. Ask Sen. Ted Stevens: he has a great explanation on this one.
I have from time to time there is a problem with the restoration account
I can not understand why.
And it is a very good service
I from Russia. Constantly I use gmail and no problems existing, I sympathize with your problems 🙁
My colleague had problems last night around 7 pm EST, but myself and another person in the office had no issues.
Getting a server error with Gmail here in London.
Over the past 2 months, I’ve had periodic problems with GMail access to the point where I’ve actually thought about switching (ah, but I can’t, I know) email providers. More than just a little frustrating.
I have a hosted account at Google (www.google.com/hosted) and it was down last night for over an hour. I have a long commute and I usually check my email. It is worrisome because this is used for my business (Google is hosting my domain account). I am especially concerned that I may have not received certain emails. This can’t be good for businesses that rely on Google and its, supposedly highly available, systems.
Yes Om. I had the same page yesterday at around 7-30 pm. Within a couple of minutes the site was back on, though.
I have two gmail accounts, one for work and one for personal stuff. Over the past year or so, I occasionally have problems with one or the other: either I can’t get into it at all, or POP stops working for a while.
Whenever this happens, the other account is always fine, so it seems like outages (while generally rare) affect specific clusters or whatever google calls them.
It really sucks when it happens, and highlights how helpless you feel when you don’t have email working. But (for me anyway) Gmail breaks less often than when we maintained our own private email at work, and when I maintained my own personal email server. The bonus is that I don’t have to do anything except wait for them to fix it.
Someone in the tech community is still using Internet Explorer? That’s like a stock broker driving a kia. Who is this “good buddy” of yours?
Gmail was down for me (I live in Dallas) for at least 1/2 hour. I forward all my email to Gmail and now I wonder how many emails might be lost due to this outage.
Gmail has been causing problems for me as well. Messages are being sent several hours after I sent them or not being sent at all.
Gmail has been down for me for last 10 minutes. Trying to access through google.com (vs. gmail.com) also not successful and could not actually load google products page either. Google search seems fine. Interestingly, my RSS feed to my gmail (from my Netvibes homepage) is working and telling me of my new messages.
I am facing problems with both gmail and hosted domains regularly for the past one month or so. It is very frustrating sometimes.
Bill ODonnell, i guess you’re right – gmail outages affect some servers or clusters of google, lately i’ve experienced some downtime with google notebook too.
Well, it means one thing – backup all your google stuff, it might get lost one day 😉
Gmail has been down for several days for me, currently trying to log in in KS . . . it has been unbearably frustrating, as I need information such as contact phone numbers that are trapped in those emails! I am SO sick of this!
I am having problems loading gmail. It can’t bring up the website at all this is my second day. Does anyone have some Ideas of what I can do. I have checked to see if I was blocking this site and I am not. Please Help!
Gmail has been down for 2 days for me, currently trying to log in to my mailbox I am in BAy area . . it has been unbearably frustrating, as I am expecting a very important email 🙁 🙁 ! What do I do?
I haven’t been able to access my account (error codes 777, 767, 766) for the past 5 hours now. Have tried the cookie-clearing thing, and pretty much everything else. Is it just my account or a large-scale thing?
This has to happen when I’m waiting to hear from grad schools :-/
Yes! I haven’t been able to log in to my gmail account all afternoon and have felt like I’ve lost a limb!
It’s driving me crazy! Been getting error code 767 too. Knew really it was a huge thing, but am so relieved to actually find someone else having the same problem!
Tried to contact Google, but they want the verification code in my welcome email – which – SURPRISE – is in my inbox which I can’t get to!
This whole day, I’ve not been getting on Gmail. I thought it was my office but it’s not. I hope they resolve it soon.
There is a thread about this outage on Google Groups’s Gmail Discussion Forum if you are interested. Some people say Gmail has been down only for some users, some have reported 12 hrs downtime, some others claim they have been able to check their Gmail account from their cell phones, although they couldn’t from their PCs.
Confusing and disconcerting….
I think Google should come up with some “official” announcement before too late.
Today, March 31, 2007, I contacted Google via another email service. They responded, “We are aware of this problem, and our engineers are working diligently to find a solution. We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have
DATE CORRECTION: Today, March 1, 2007, I contacted Google via another email service. They responded, “We are aware of this problem, and our engineers are working diligently to find a solution. We apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have
Is Youtube loading mostly blank pages for anyone else out there? I’m in Bangkok.
I cannot access my gmail account today, Thursday, March 22, 2007.
Appreciate it if you could tell me if this a problem with my own computer or if there is a problem with gmail today.
reach me at work email: firstname.lastname@example.org
I can’t access my gmail account this afternoon. This is very bad timing for me. What is going on?
Gmail down again…I have to take others word on that. Because today is the 1st time I’ve been unable to access the web interface. The POP service appears to be working as I am getting mail through Outlook but the web UI is not available.
Can’t log into my gmail OR yahoo accounts for a week! Not taking correct password. What do you think?
Yes–today 3/31/2007 –been spending a great deal of time trying–this morning was on after much waiting–cannot get on at all now–from 3:30PM to 4 PM
Tried to go on google help–that opened but was not very responsive-like only part open.No help.
I have not been able to access my google account since yesterday. This sucks
The Gmail service was very bad for the last 2-3 weeks…impossible to open without trying 50 times…then I get fedup…and go to yahoo…!
gmail…….hasn’t worked for me for a week now?????
I have not been able to access gmail from my laptop since Tuesday, 4/15. I can access it from my Sprint and Verizon phones though. I’m seriously hacked off by this. 🙁 I can not access blogspot either.
Gmail down since last night. Please tell us what the problem is and when will it be corrected. Is that too much to ask?