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article imageGmail down several hours, affects users worldwide

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By Chris V. Thangham     Feb 24, 2009 in Internet
The Gmail site was down for several hours early Tuesday, affecting many users worldwide. Gmail service is back again but Google doesn’t know what caused the outage.
Gmail suffered a major breakdown with some calling it Gfail in Twitter. Many users were unable to login and access their information, though many were still able to read material via POP or IMAP access.
Acacio Cruz, Gmail’s reliability manager, posted the following comment about the breakdown:
If you’ve tried to access your Gmail account today, you are probably aware by now that we’re having some problems. Shortly after 10 9:30am GMT our monitoring systems alerted us that Gmail consumer and businesses accounts worldwide could not get access to their email.
We’re working very hard to solve the problem and we’re really sorry for the inconvenience. Those users in the US and UK who have enabled Gmail offline through Gmail Labs should be able to access their inbox, although they won’t be able to send or receive emails.
For most, Gmail is back again and says it is fully resolved. My Gmail account had no problems, I was still able to access it. But if you are unable to log on to your Gmail accounts, post a comment.
Last month Google caused a similar panic, when a faulty line in one of its codes prevented users from visiting any websites in search results.
If you are unable to access Gmail, then try using the following different methods:
1) Here are different methods to access Gmail online, you can try any one of them if your logging method doesn’t work.
2) If the regular login line http://mail.google.com doesn’t work, try the secure SSL version at https://mail.google.com
3) Use basic HTML mode version at http://mail.google.com/mail/h
4) Use Thunderbird or MS Outlook to access your Gmail after enabling POP forwarding in your Gmail settings (Go to Gmail --> Settings --> Forwarding and POP/IMAP --> And enable POP and IMAP buttons).
5) Access Gmail in iPhone or any Smartphone or cell phone with Internet connections.
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