Gmail breaks again; time for a change?

Gmail breaks again; time for a change?

Summary: I'll keep this short and sweet. The answer is no, simply because Gmail offers more service and "things" to students than any other web provider on the web.

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I'll keep this short and sweet. The answer is no, simply because Gmail offers more service and "things" to students than any other web provider on the web. The news broke this afternoon that Gmail had suffered another outage, in a series of outages over the last couple of months.

Considering the number of three-quarters of Facebook users use Gmail (no connection between the services intended), it's one of, if not the most popular web email service there is on the web. It's clear to me already that students use Gmail more than any other service available, and often use it to outsource their own university email.

Update: clearly this idiot doesn't believe me so I'll back this one up. Gmail has 113 million users and Facebook has just over 175 million users. This is roughly three-quarters of the users, so I was right first time round.

There is no reason as of yet as to why Gmail failed this afternoon, although the service does seem to be up and running once again; according to their status page:

Update at 1:30 UTC: Please note that the Google Mail service has already been restored for the majority of our users. The rest of the users should be coming back online within the next 24-36 hours. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support.

Gmail, to me, remains as one of the most important and integral parts of my life at the moment. Without the service, I wouldn't be able to get the email on my phone, access my email from everywhere with any browser, and chat with my friends and colleagues all in the same window.

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  • I only use it out of necessity

    Yahoo Mail is my choice
    debuggist
    • Both here...

      I use both Yahoo and Gmail. Also Hotmail, but that's mostly for Microsoft-related sites such as MSDN. I also use GMX to a lesser extent.
      MikeR666
  • Wow ZDNet censoring non offensive posts now!

    I didn't know ZDNet has started deleting posts. My previous post was almost identical to the text below:

    Zac, either rephrase your statement or learn english!

    This statement from you, 'Considering the number of three-quarters of Facebook users use Gmail'. Your 'update' does not reflect the English you use in your statement. If your update explanation is what you meant to say then say that. Your words imply that 75% of people using Facebook use GMail.

    You should have said that GMail has 3 quarters the number of users compared to what Facebook has. (if this is what you intended = big difference, idiot)

    You also claim, 'It's clear to me already that students use Gmail more than any other service available...' once again where are your facts or sources? there are 230 million active users of Hotmail and this does not include Live@edu so unless you can support your statement I can only say you are wrong.

    My original post:

    Zac please substantiate your statement because it is a blatant untruth. Why do people persist in spreading FUD to justify a headline or post?

    More than 50% of Facebook users are outside of the USA and 19.8% are 14 to 17 yrs old, 46.4% are 18 to 24, 24.1% are 25 to 34, 6.3% are 35-44% and in these age groups Hotmail is more dominant than GMail, please explain how you can state that 3 quarters of Facebook users use Gmail? *Comscore and Advertising info provided by Facebook.
    Martin_Australia
    • Oh Really

      well i dont know where you got your numbers. I cannot refute them, however when i talk to young ppl most of them have at least two of the leading free emails, facebook, twitter and numerous phone to phone texts. I have a box with all 3 of the leading free emails. Gmail is my fav because of free IMAP service.
      herdin
  • Talk about double standards. If it's a Microsoft service you'll be...

    swearing the high heavens and praying for the demise of Microsoft.
    transposeIT
    • re gmail

      As you should be aware Gmail has had another major breakdown. If most of applied the same standards then you would be trashing it like you do all that is micrsoft. Start being more analytical and consistent rather than just bashing.
      KestrelVt
  • Gmail?

    Qu'est-ce que c'est que ?a?
    MGP2
  • RE: Gmail breaks again; time for a change?

    And the outtage is due to the OS that is running the mail serers and web interfaces. You just can't trust Google at all because their employees are sitting around playing with office toys instead of trying to improve or in this case just trying to keep the service up and running.
    Loverock Davidson
    • Such restraint, Lovey....

      You actually typed all that without actualling naming the OS to which you referred. ]:)
      MGP2
  • Hotmail has free POP support now.

    I started using my free Hotmail account last week with Entourage and my Blackberry. No more Gmail BS for me. The settings are:

    POP server: pop3.live.com (Port 995)
    POP SSL required? Yes
    User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example yourname@hotmail.com
    Password: The password you usually use to sign in to Hotmail or Windows Live
    SMTP server: smtp.live.com (Port 25 or 587)
    Authentication required? Yes (this matches your POP username and password)
    TLS/SSL required? Yes

    Microsoft quietly added it last month. I'm surprised that you guys didn't know.
    ashdude
    • Free POP! Wahoo, much prefer free IMAP from GMail <nt>

      <nt>
      DevJonny
    • Tell me when the have free IMAP.

      That's nice - except I prefer IMAP. Works much more nicely than POP :).
      CobraA1
  • Still using it

    Still backing it up to local HD. Then again, I
    don't trust them not to just disappear one
    day...


    jred
  • I'm keeping a backup in an IMAP compatible email client.

    I'm keeping a backup in an IMAP compatible email client.

    I don't care about 100+ million whatever users - I care about what it does for me. And if it turns out that Gmail doesn't do the job and somebody else does - I'll switch to somebody else.

    And if an offline client starts working better than the online stuff for me - I'll start using the offline client.

    I don't care about this "online revolution."

    I only care how well my tools work for me.

    If the online stuff works for me, I'll use it.

    If the online stuff does not work for me, I will not use it.

    I don't care if anybody thinks if it's time for a change or not - I'll change if I want to change.

    Technology has to be about working for us, not about "the next new thing."

    Frankly, I'm getting sick and tired of new things.

    Just give me something that works.
    CobraA1
  • Your sentence:

    "Considering the number of three-quarters of Facebook users use Gmail (no connection between the services intended), it's one of, if not the most popular web email service there is on the web."

    Makes it sound like 3/4 of Facebook users use Gmail. Maybe this would be better:

    "Considering Gmail has 3/4 the number of users of Facebook, it's one of the most popular web email services on the web."
    TaDaH