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Anger mounts over Gmail downtime last Monday

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Posted August 14, 2008 by admin in Internet

The cause was relatively simple, a problem in Google?s contacts system that prevented Gmail loading, the company explained, and was almost groveling in its apologies.

In his blog, Todd Jackson, Gmail product manager, wrote:

“Many of you had trouble accessing Gmail for a couple of hours this afternoon, and we’re really sorry. We heard loud and clear today how much people care about their Gmail accounts.”

The company received a number of calls about the outage, especially from those who use Gmail for company mail, and there were numerous Twitter postings about the incident. Much of the criticism wasn?t at the outage itself, but at Google for failing to use other routes to let customers know what was happening.

Google has promised a full review which could result in a change of internal procedures. Last month an incident left customers unable to access Google Docs and Spreadsheets for over an hour.

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