Google’s reliability team was prepping for a reddit AMA when Gmail went down


While most of Twitter panicked over (and Yahoo celebrated) a Gmail outage, Google's Site Reliability Engineering was preparing to do an "Ask Me Anything" reddit thread. Depending on how paranoid you are, that may seem either incredibly ironic or like someone picked a great time to take a hit at them.

The team updated the posting to refer questions about the now-ended outage to Apparently, none of those Google engineers work specifically on Gmail issues. One of them does mention working on social, however, and Google+ was affected by the outage. But the actual question and answer time was scheduled for 3 p.m through 4 p.m Eastern. So if you have some questions, now is the time to ask them!

Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.
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