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Google’s 5-Minute Outage Caused a 40 Percent Drop in Global Internet Traffic

You may have noticed that on early Friday evening, Google went dark. The outage affected all of Google’s sites, crashing YouTube, Gmail and Search for a brief few minutes before the Internet giant could get everything back online. No big deal, right? We mean, people know how to get to a website by other means than just Googling it, right? Maybe not. The relatively brief blackout caused a 40 percent drop in global Internet traffic. After coming back online, web traffic saw a significant spike (as you can see on the graph below from GoSquared), meaning that instead of just hopping over to Bing or Yahoo to find what they were looking for, a major portion of the world’s plugged in population helplessly waited for Google to be restored ...

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