It’s hard to imagine a world without Google. The search engine has become such an integral part of our daily lives that it’s difficult to remember a time when we didn’t have it. But on Tuesday morning, Google was down for many users around the world.
The outage appeared to be affecting users in Europe, the United States, and parts of Asia. Google’s transparency report showed a major spike in errors starting at around 6:00 a.m. ET.
For many people, the first sign that something was wrong was when they tried to do a search and got the following message: “Sorry, something went wrong. A team of highly trained monkeys has been dispatched to deal with this situation.”
Other users saw a more traditional error message that said “This site can’t be reached” or “DNS_PROBE_FINISHED_NXDOMAIN.”
While the outage was clearly a major inconvenience for many people, it also had some unexpected side effects. For example, traffic to DownDetector, a website that tracks website outages, surged more than 1,000 percent.
Interestingly, Google’s main rivals, Bing and Yahoo, were both up and running during the outage. That meant that people who were trying to avoid Google because of the outage were likely using one of its competitors.
The outage also had a major impact on the stock market. Google’s parent company, Alphabet, saw its stock price drop more than 2 percent in early trading.
The cause of the outage is still unclear, but Google said it is “investigating reports of an issue with Google Search.” The company did not provide any additional details.
The outage comes just a few days after Google suffered another major outage. On Sunday, YouTube, Gmail, and Google Drive all went down for users around the world. That outage was caused by a “network congestion” issue, according to Google.
It’s been a tough week for Google, but the company is still far from being in danger. In fact, it’s likely that the outages will have little long-term impact on the company.
But for the millions of people who rely on Google every day, the outages are a reminder of how much we rely on the company. And how much we would miss it if it ever went away.