At 23h37 GMT GMail went down for a large subset users for between 1 to 5 minutes.
At 23h51 GMT all of Google’s services went down with 50% – 70% of all made requests to Google received errors. According to Google’s service availability page, the outage lasted lasted for 2 minutes and within 5 minutes Google had restored all of its services. During the outage global web traffic dropped by 40% which just goes to show how dominant and important Google is to the web.
During the brief outage many feared the internet apocalypse was upon us and users turned to Twitter share their thoughts, theories and jokes. Topsy recorded a significant spike in people tweeting about Google during the outage.