Saturday, January 31, 2009

Did you notice the Google glitch today?

Google blacklists entire internet Glitch causes world's most popular search engine to classify all web pages as dangerous (link via guardian.co.uk) Did you notice the strange message - "Warning! This site may harm your computer." - on all web pages pulled up by Google? The search engine didn't work for forty minutes. I thought it was a problem with my computer or a problem with our internet provider this afternoon but it turns out Google was to blame - and it was a worldwide problem! And they admitted it was due to "human error", which proves that all this amazing technology is only as good as the humans behind it.

6 comments:

  1. I did so I checked it out by googling Google which came up with the same message! I then guessed that it was a glitch of some kind! xx

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  2. That was clever detective work, flighty! I didn't think of googling google during the problem.

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  3. I feel a bit bad cos my partner reset the security on my PC. When I logged back on I got that message from google and immediately assumed he had 'done something bad' to the computer.. with associated histrionics.. oops. Must go apologise now..

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  4. Oh dear - I imagine you weren't the only one to assume something like that! I'm sure there were plenty of very puzzled people (like myself) who thought it was their own computer that was causing the problem. I kept on rebooting my computer to see if that solved the problem.

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  5. I noticed this at the time and spent ages trying to work ut what was wrong with my website :-) I am supprised this did not make the main news. Anyway thanks for this post it has answered my question, I am not going daft it did happen :-)

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  6. You're very welcome, RetroGal - I'm pleased I could help.

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