A Google search outage had users panicked around the world as their search queries returned “internal server errors,” forcing them to use DuckDuckGo or (shudder) Bing – or take to social media to complain.
Internet users worldwide found themselves plunged into unexpected darkness as their Google queries returned…nothing. Only a mysterious server error where once there had been answers.
— Lakita Marshall (@kpmarz) September 17, 2019
Rushing to Twitter to see who else was suffering in this 21st century dark age, they found temporary solace in the fact that they were not alone – the outage appeared to be widespread, with no explanation available other than a promise that “engineers have been notified and are working to resolve the issue.”
What am I supposed to do when I need to search for something but google is down???? Have I become so dependent on google I don’t know HOw to obtain information anymore ???? What am I supposed to use now ???? A book!!!!???
— ayyylmao (but studious) (@iittmee) September 17, 2019
“I’m just trying to do homework and it’s doing this,” complained one user. “But why is the google broken? did the internet break?” pondered another.
Holy shit. Is google down!? pic.twitter.com/9SOaIuON2I
— cryptoTechnician (@cryptoITGuy) September 17, 2019
Others promoted competing search engines. “Use bing, I guess,” said one adventurous user.
— ṫẎℭỚ◎ᾔ ṫ◎ℳ (@TycoonTom) September 17, 2019
As would-be Googlers commiserated, the search engine came back to life for many, with those who hadn’t Googled anything in the intervening hour none the wiser about how close they had come to extinction. According to DownDetector, however, some users continued to have issues two hours after the first ominous reports.
Me when I see Google which has never failed me is down and I don’t have access to everything I’ve ever wanted to know instantly pic.twitter.com/tcX96sDacH
— Elizabeth L. (@eIizabeast) September 17, 2019
— Nick (@nicksodyssey) September 17, 2019