Major Latency With Google Web Search & Gmail

May 14, 2009 • 11:31 am | comments (10) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

It seems like many people around the world are complaining that Google's properties, including Google Search and Gmail are both either down for them or incredibly slow. For me, it is working well, but I had people call, email and IM me about the issue.

Plus, if you look at a Twitter Search for google, you will see many are saying it is slow or down, at the moment.

We do have a few threads in the Google forums, here is one from the Google Web Search Help discussion forums.

I assume there are some server or network issues with the major backbones causing the slowness or downtime. I also assume things will return to normal soon.

Google has updated the App Status page to say there is service disruption today for Gmail users:

We're aware of a problem with Google Mail affecting a small subset of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Mail. We will provide an update by May 14, 2009 11:23:00 AM UTC-4 detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

*This may also be affecting other services

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Forum discussion at Google Web Search Help.

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05/14/2009 03:45 pm

Of course, those of us (like up here in Burlington, Vermont) who are experiencing the timeouts from these Google domains can't get to your Google Web Search Help link. [:-)]


05/14/2009 03:46 pm

This of course affects so many things. Sites that run adsense will likely see their sites slow to a crawl as the page tries to load ads and can't. Apps not working, reader not working, gmail not working, chat not working...


05/14/2009 03:52 pm

Here's a really important way the current Google domain connectivity issue affects you, even if you yourself have an ISP that's able to get to Google domains without a problem: All the apps your pages rely on --e.g., Google Analytics, Doubleclick-- are effectively dead to those of us affected by this connectivity issue. In effect, this multiplies the problem enormously throughout the commercial Internet. This may cause some to question whether they still want to put so many business-critical eggs in the Google basket.

Jim R. Wilson

05/14/2009 04:10 pm

All google services are effectively dead to me right now (unpingable, slow or no HTTP response). I never thought I'd have to rethink how I search for information, but today I am. I realized that I have no backup plan, and now I'm learning how to do searches with other engines. I'm also coming to the conclusion that I need to have a replicated email address with another provider (all emails to either service synced between). In one sense though, I'm glad this happened, it's retraining me to value the importance of redundancy. Shame on me for not thinking of it sooner.


05/14/2009 04:12 pm

Google is practically nonfunctional in Fort Lauderdale, FL


05/14/2009 04:25 pm

I am Google-less in Iowa

Michael Martinez

05/14/2009 05:57 pm

Funny. We lost connection to Google yesterday right after the Searchology event but it came back in about 15 minutes. There was some Twitter chatter about it but we just assumed it was a minor issue.


05/15/2009 12:22 pm

Forget Google, I just saw your banner about your baby girl. Mazel tov!


05/17/2009 07:48 am

I've only experienced slowness problem with Gmail, and it keeps coming back from time to time. Not that big deal as it usually only lasts for a few minutes.

No Name

01/26/2010 07:58 pm

If I get hung up on gmail what I do is hit the view in standard html button on the bottom right and it'll load up quickly

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