I’m one of the least organized people I know, and when I chose to make New Year’s resolutions this year, I, once again, put drink less, exercise more, quit smoking on my list of things to do only to watch them get in line for next year’s list where I will once again make false promises. However, I have been using Google Calendar more along with Evernote. While it won’t help me live longer, it has made me more efficient, that was until Google dropped the ball today at 9:47AM EDT.
It appears that Google Calendar’s crash today has largely been sorted out by the search giant though some are still experiencing error messages, mine seems to be working just fine and that’s about that all that matters in my often myopic, selfish view.
Shortly after 8:30AM PDT, Google said service has been restored for many users. “We expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.”
Google Calendar, damn you!!
Next week will see the United States celebrating Independence Day and ahead of the weekend I, and presumably tens of millions of others, need to get quite a bit done ahead of the holiday and Google Calendar does indeed help. Presently, Google doesn’t seem to know what’s going on and millions are experiencing an unknown error when it’s time to take a look at their days.
The free offering by Google is a lovely product so I’m willing to give Google the benefit of the doubt as I pay nothing for it along with hundreds of millions who see their email adding to the Calendar and syncing that information seamlessly with my mobile devices.
In a statement, Google said: “We’re investigating reports of an issue with Google Calendar. We will provide more information shortly.”
Not surprisingly, users of Google Calendar took to Twitter immediately to express their deepest dissatisfaction as, well, that’s what Twitter is for…complaining about free services. It’s expected that Google will iron out the problems quite soon, but don’t expect people to wait to take to other social media outlets to register their anger this morning.
Google released the beta edition of Google Calendar in 2006, and took it out of beta in 2009 and has been in service ever since.