Google down again, is this the end of the world?

Posted on May 19, 2009


Yesterday we reported how Google had gone down for 2 hours last week, taking 5% of the Internet with it and how this shows the level to which we rely on Google for just about everything.

Google said it was an error where some of their requests had been rerouted through Asia, so nothing to worry about. Except that yesterday, it happened again!

Google’s news service, Google News, was unresponsive for over an hour, giving off an error for anyone trying to access information. This is particularly troublesome if you happen to use Google News in your work, like we do at StuckOn.

When any request for a search on Google News was made during the time of yesterday’s outage, a 503 Server Error message was displayed.


The outage wasn’t just in the UK, Australia, India and the USA all suffered outages.

Google has commented on the outage, stating:

Earlier today, Google News was temporarily unavailable for some users. Beginning at around 5:35 AM, Pacific Time, some users began experiencing slower-than-usual service from Google News, and between approximately 6:25 AM and about 7:00 AM, Pacific Time, a small percentage of users saw a 503 server error, along with a message to try their requests again later. This issue has now been resolved.

We know how important Google News is to our users, so we take issues like this very seriously. We apologize to those users who were affected.

Two major periods of downtime in the space of a few days; perhaps Google should look at finding a new webhost!

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