Google Drivers experience sheer terror in temporary system crash
At least, that was the impression that social media users gave when confronted with the situation.
Users first got a sign that things had gone hellishly awry when they tried to click on documents that they had saved on Google Drive – such as spreadsheets and documents – only to discover an alarming notification telling them their file “does not exist,” causing their stomachs to sink to their toes.
Of course, the news was greeted with sheer, unadulterated terror.
I felt a great disturbance in the Internet, as if millions of Google Docs users suddenly cried out in terror.— Kevin Bankston (@KevinBankston) October 9, 2015
While some users experienced the crash when they tried to open files, others could not even load Google Drive at all.
Google Drive team right now.. pic.twitter.com/hvTpHOq2Q8— Jonathan Shariat (@DesignUXUI) October 9, 2015
Google described the outage as a “service disruption” and stated it was investigating the issue, which began at about 3 pm.
Looks like something's up with Docs - but fear not, we’re on it & you’ll be editing again in no time. Stay tuned here!— Google Docs (@googledocs) October 9, 2015
Some Twitter users took to the native language of the internet – cats – to show their displeasure
When you're waiting for Google Docs to come back online. pic.twitter.com/aiWQ9uBuec— Zack Whittaker (@zackwhittaker) October 9, 2015
Others prepared to curse technology, even though they were powerless to remedy it.
Perhaps most depressing of all, though, is that some users were traumatized enough by the whole situation that they had to resort to even more… insidious measures.
*accepts Google docs is down for now* *slowly opens Word* Hello darkness my old friend...— Hillary Weiss (@HCWeiss) October 9, 2015
Before anyone could plunge too deep into darkness, though, Google notified the internet that the problem was solved around 5:30 pm.
Docs is all clear. Thanks for letting us know, and for staying with us.— Google Docs (@googledocs) October 9, 2015