Yahoo Mail is down for some users in what has been a hideous stretch of outages for some of the Internet's biggest names.
Yahoo Mail is often overlooked by technology's chattering class, but the reality is it's the largest email service. And you could argue it's a cloud service. Is it really all that different than Gmail?
So when Yahoo Mail is down, Twitter revs up quickly. Yahoo is keeping folks posted. The company said in a statement:
Yahoo! Mail is currently inaccessible to some users. We are working to correct the issue and restore all functionality immediately. We know that this may have caused some inconvenience and we apologize to our users who might be affected.
Now you know what comes next right? Yes folks, it's the big Yahoo pile on. GigaOm notes that the outage is another black mark on the company. Umm, if you say so, but from my perspective I'm not sure the damn Internet works all that well anymore. The Next Web adds that Yahoo is ignored until something goes wrong. Let's get real here. Yahoo is just the cherry on top of a crap sunday for the Internet in recent days. To wit:
- Amazon Web Services blows up for more than 24 hours and drags a bevy of startups that forgot about redundancy with it.
- Sony's PlayStation Network collapses and goes dark for days. Then we found out that Sony suffered from a data breach.
- Verizon's LTE network goes down for a day. Can you hear me now? Not on 4G.
And now Yahoo Mail is skittish and a lot of users are annoyed.
Add it up and there's no need for some uber Yahoo analysis and how a mail outage reflects on the company or its strategy. If you look at the outage go round of late, Yahoo is in some pretty good company.
Update: Some folks were asking why Yahoo Mail matters. After all, no one uses it right? Wrong. Here are the latest standings via comScore.