Where Were You During #GmailGate2k14?
3:29 pm, January 24th | by Kady Ruth Ashcraft
Did you feel it? Did you sense it? Did your pulse slow? Or perhaps speed up? At around 2:15pm ET this afternoon, Gmail abandoned us. It said it was going out for a gallon of milk and ciggies and just…never came back. Well, it came back like in seven minutes, BUT STILL, we were afraid and lonely and lost during that time. The only ones safe from the total insane chaos and anarchy were the luddites still using AOL or Yahoo. Even then, who were those fools hobnobing with? SmarterChild? Myspace Tom?
During that time of panic, society really banded together on other social networking sites, namely twitter, to make sense of the events, support one another, and be incredibly witty while hiding their utter panic.
We went to extreme measures, not unlike that abandoned rat boat.
Many are still sorting out today’s events. It may take hours, even days to process. What will be the “new normal?” I’d say take a moment to jot down in an email, or maybe better yet, in a tangible notebook, what happened today. Surely your grandkids will be asking where you were when Gmail got lost, albeit temporarily, on some internet cloud.