GMail down: Google is letting us know they are in charge
Big troubles in internet paradise today when during the morning the Google Mail service GMail went down. Twitter was overloaded with people complaining or asking question about the status of GMail.
UK SEO Dave Naylor, known not to be the biggest Google fan around, wondered how many people who use GMail actually would be backing up their GMail. His guess of 10 percent might be a bit too high.
On a quick survey we did on Twitter only very few responded they actually did back up their GMail account. And those who did were mostly users of Google Gears. Those who don't use Gears don't back up. A search on Twitter confirmes this. Most people 'forget' to back up their GMail. Just imagine what would happen if Google went down all the way...
A big problem is that the online community seems to be depending on Google too much. With the service down for only a couple of hours the entire online community went crazy. The slow response by Google and the reactions on the web show us that Google is really in charge. They can do whatever they want because most of us are depending on them. That's a bit scary...
If you are that depended on one company you can get in big trouble when things 'really' go bad. This is not only the dependance on Google, but also on services from Twitter, Apple or Microsoft. Just imagine if a combination of those services went down. I'm really afraid people would start killing themselves...
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