March 9, 2003 9:27 AM   Subscribe

Google has crashed? Is this an historic moment? I'm stunned.
posted by Duug (37 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Holy crap. Google? I was having a search problem, and I thought I had just encountered Google censorship!

-----beginning of Google pay per search service???-------

Could it be IRAQ?...... or........SATAN!
posted by troutfishing at 9:31 AM on March 9, 2003

Why don't we look at /. to find out what's going on?
posted by Pretty_Generic at 9:35 AM on March 9, 2003

Nah, couldn't be that.
posted by psmealey at 9:35 AM on March 9, 2003

It works for me at 12:37 EST.
posted by tommasz at 9:37 AM on March 9, 2003

it's a vast corporate/right wing/pro war netwide DDOSing! where's my fucking duct tape?!?!
posted by quonsar at 9:39 AM on March 9, 2003


Just a moment ago I was doing Google searches, and...suddenly...it began to error out with the following message:

"Server Error
The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.

Please try again in a minute or so"

Think we'll find out what's going on by looking HERE?
posted by Dunvegan at 9:41 AM on March 9, 2003

In the meantime alltheweb is looking great.
posted by Voyageman at 9:43 AM on March 9, 2003

And then there is always the cache...
posted by zerofoks at 9:47 AM on March 9, 2003

Hmmm, 'Your search - Christmas - did not match any documents'.

Au contraire XQUZYPHYR, it does indeed seem to be in trouble.
posted by Duug at 9:48 AM on March 9, 2003

it's back up for me.
posted by PenDevil at 9:52 AM on March 9, 2003

it started the google-dance the other day.. as google.com switches machines is it possible the dns is having a hard time catching up? naah.....
posted by dabitch at 9:53 AM on March 9, 2003

meant to add this link to the above: google dance
posted by dabitch at 9:54 AM on March 9, 2003

Searched the web for Christmas . Results 1 - 10 of about 18,800,000. Search took 0.06 seconds.

What's wrong with that?
posted by dash_slot- at 9:55 AM on March 9, 2003

zerofoks - that cache is pretty funny...
posted by dabitch at 9:55 AM on March 9, 2003

Seems OK to me ... looks like they've sorted out this particular outrage.

In future, shouldn't this kind of post go to googletalk?
posted by feelinglistless at 10:14 AM on March 9, 2003

Looks down a 18:43 GMT
posted by elpapacito at 10:39 AM on March 9, 2003

From what I understand, Google spans multiple machines at multiple server farms... all with their own local copies of the search DB's. (That's why people have noted different numbers for search results.)

So if service seems down when visiting http://www.google.com/ try http://google.com/ for a different IP, or ask ns1.google.com - ns4.google.com for another one. :)
posted by rogue at 10:53 AM on March 9, 2003

duct tape is a petroleum product, quonsar. I'm on to you and your agenda.

Google fine for me all day. Maybe someone's trying to get at them for blurring out David's naughty bits the other day.
posted by WolfDaddy at 11:04 AM on March 9, 2003

dabitch: fabulous link! must see http! everyone go see.
WolfDaddy: "curses! foiled again!"
posted by quonsar at 11:23 AM on March 9, 2003

Sites go down occasionally. Get over it.
posted by shabrem at 11:24 AM on March 9, 2003

Maybe Blogger affected Google more than vice versa, eh?

I kid, I kid!
posted by Ufez Jones at 11:32 AM on March 9, 2003

from cache'd page:
Google is not affiliated with the authors of this page nor responsible for its content.
au contraire...
posted by Big_B at 11:49 AM on March 9, 2003

Sites go down occasionally. Get over it.
people are assholes occasionally. get over yourself.
posted by quonsar at 12:21 PM on March 9, 2003

From the googledance link:

The Google search engine pulls its results from more than 10,000 servers which are which are simple Linux PCs that are

So, if Google is crashing, does that mean it's without the neccesary means necessary means to function?
posted by WolfDaddy at 12:42 PM on March 9, 2003

What I want to lknow about Google is who does the Language Tools?

I first thought it was a hack, but it's been months.
Search with them all!
posted by Busithoth at 1:32 PM on March 9, 2003

I think Ufez Jones may be on to something here ;-).
posted by dg at 2:43 PM on March 9, 2003

Ev and company can fuck up anything.
posted by Dennis Murphy at 3:09 PM on March 9, 2003

MetaFilter: Google's Network Status Page
posted by benjh at 4:00 PM on March 9, 2003

A failed Google dance in progress back in 2002. Notice the decrease in activity in the fringe data centers; several of the older machines appear to be crashing. What is Google hiding?
posted by eddydamascene at 4:23 PM on March 9, 2003

posted by ed at 11:31 PM on March 9, 2003

The real interesting part to this is how Google is dominating the internet. Seriously, how fucked would you be if Google just disappeared tomorrow? At work, just about every programming or system administration problem can be solved with a quick Google Groups query. If I'm mucking about with my Linux box, Google gives me the answer. No other search engine comes anywhere near giving me the results that Google does. It can't be a good thing to rely on one company so much.
posted by salmacis at 2:04 AM on March 10, 2003

I saw someone recommending alltheweb. However I question a search engine who thinks that an incorrectly installed version of my tellyguide script is more relevant than the actual homepage. Thankfully Google gets it right.
posted by ralawrence at 2:31 AM on March 10, 2003

Teoma isn't too shabby these days.
posted by catchmurray at 8:43 AM on March 10, 2003

Teoma appears to be only accepting paid submissions of links. That means it won't index the sites I'm mainly interested in.
posted by walrus at 9:54 AM on March 10, 2003

It's the curse of Blogger.
posted by mecran01 at 12:35 PM on March 10, 2003

My site comes up on 1 (2) and 3 if you search for tv advert music. Hopefully that doesn't seem much like a shameless plug, but it is the only way I could prove that it isn't all about paid listings... I don't pay for any of that stuff!
posted by catchmurray at 6:33 AM on March 12, 2003

Fair enough. However, I can give you plenty of examples of sites which come top in google but are not listed in Teoma.

I tried to submit one of my sites to Teoma following your comment here (it's unlisted in Teoma (although they are listing some non-existent pages on another server which formed part of my site nearly six months ago), but comes top on the identical google search.

When I tried to submit the site, I was asked for $30 for a one year registration period.
posted by walrus at 7:36 AM on March 12, 2003

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