INTERNET GIANT Google's Drive and Gmail services experienced an outage on Wednesday that left some users unable to access them.
The outage, which is still ongoing at the time of writing, apparently affected just a small percentage of Gmail users, according to Google. However, it knocked out five of its other services including Drive, Docs Spreadsheets, Presentations and its Apps administration panel.
Some people are also experiencing issues with Calendar and Contacts, according to Twitter, although Google has yet to address these problems.
Google said on its service disruption webpage, "We are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 4/17/13 2:55 PM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem."
"This issue is affecting less than 0.007 [percent] of the Google Mail user base. The affected users are unable to access Google Mail.
Although only a small number of users apparently have been affected by the outage - approximately 30,000 if we've done our maths correctly - a large number of them have been quick to flock to Twitter to moan about it.
One Twitter user bleated, "Would like to thank the good folks at Google Drive for reminding me why the cloud can be quite a stupid idea," while others - hundreds of others, it seemed - claimed that the outage was a sign of the apocalypse.
I imagine that this is how the end of the world begins.... #gmail down. I'm waiting for a "PEOPLE OF GOTHAM" speech any moment now...— Sam Katz (@SamJKatz) April 17, 2013
We're not so sure about that, as this isn't the first outage that Google has experienced. In fact, Google experienced a similar outage almost a year ago to the day, so we suspect that we're relatively safe for now.
We have contacted Google for further information on the outage. µ