UPDATE: Google apologizes for the outage that hit users worldw ide. But it didn't say what caused it, a recent entry on its official blog said. Excerpt:
If youâve tried to access your Gmail account today, you are probabl y aware by now that weâre having some problems. Shortly after 10 9:30am GMT our monitoring systems alerted us that Gmail consumer and businesses accounts worl dwide could not get access to their email. Weâre working very hard to solve the problem and weâre really sorry for the inc onvenience. Those users in the US and UK who have enabled Gmail offline through Gmail Labs should be able to access their inbox, although they wonât be able t o send or receive emails.GMAIL users saw their accounts inaccessible late Tuesday (Manila time). The Gmail service says it is experiencing a "502 server error," which means tha t the server is experiencing congestion or has "too many connections, high traf fic." Helloluis observes o n Twitter: "Watching the #gmail complaints stream thru http://tinyurl.com/dbvtv 9 A bit like watching a crowd around a car accident." A few minutes after Helloluis tweets: " I don't think I'll ever get tired to se eing thousands of tweets on the same subject pouring in over the span of a few minutes. #gmail #fail." There is still no explanation on the Gmail blog as of this writing.