And relax, it’s back… but for about 5 minutes on Friday night Google was down worldwide for every single online Google service from search to YouTube to Google Docs.
Read on to find out what impact this had on the Plusnet Broadband network …
Whilst Google have to yet to state what the problem was, the effect is pretty amazing with reports of traffic down by 40% during the outage.
The UK probably didn’t see quite as much of a drop off because of the time of day, but you can see a blip in one of our Google peering links with traffic taking nearly 30 minutes to get back to normal (see above).
Usually, over the course of an evening, we see about 20-25% of our traffic coming from Google, with YouTube making up the bulk of that traffic.
Makes you wonder what would happen if Google disappeared for longer. You couldn’t even Google for search engines to find another search engine!
Did you notice the blackout on Friday night? Feel free to share your post-apocolyptic scenarios with us by leaving a comment below …
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