This prompted me to think about how, sometimes, it's not just internet connectivity that can go down unexpectedly. Google has been actively working to become a monopoly of the internet for some time, from e-mail logins to social media and youtube, to having a hand in online bill paying, to being a relied-upon free language translation service and search engine.Popular Google services including Gmail and Drive were down for many users around the world on Thursday, with the US technology giant telling affected people they were "aware of a service disruption."
Frustrated customers in countries including Australia, Japan, France and the United States complained online of the outage and tracking website DownDetector reported Google services were down in every continent.
I think about, when I want to order something, maybe groceries, online, if my email was inaccessible and the vendor wanted me to confirm my account-associated email, or my order via email, or for whatever reason via my email before letting me continue (hi amazon), that may mean I can't place an order if my account email is unavailable. Other things I could think of... if I'm trying to pay a bill that's due. Or if I'm trying to check on my family (well, not me, but many rely on social media for family conections), or for news, or to search-engine/youtube how to do a time-critical thing.
It's not the same issue as "the internet is down" where maybe I can take a trip somewhere that has working connections. It's also not the same as all internet sites being down completely. But it's a stumbling block. And it makes me think about what that would impact for me personally, as well as people in general, if Google accounts suddenly experienced a widespread and lengthy service disruption through all or some of its more critical services.
Is this something anyone preps for, or is it more a "take it as it comes and solve it then" thing? It's kind of a far-reaching platform. Tips and tricks for alternatives, when your e-mail, websearch, and connections to your community that rely on things like Google have service interruptions?
I think my own go-to, having not thought about it much, would be a combination of "riding it out" and "acute, heavily aggrevated stress meltdown" when suddenly the things I'm accustomed to being able to rely on to are inaccessible and cause me real-world problems, like unpaid bills equaling phone service disruptions or inaccessible online grocery procurement meaning seeking alternatives under pressure at an increased financial cost.
Maybe the best thing I could do would be to start thinking of what any inaccessible account would hold that couldn't be replicated through another service. Like e-mail address lists of family members could be copied and kept somewhere off network. That, and investigate alternative service providers for e-mail/search engines so if that's happening, at least I wouldn't be wasting four hours eliminating irritating alternative websites while under a time crunch to get a thing done that only e-mail will be accepted for. Gmail isn't hardly a tip of the Google iceberg, and I'm kind of having a hard time figuring out what all would be impacted, if Google in its entirety was impacted, but I know it'd be a lot of stuff.
(Mods, If this isn't the right place to post this, please feel free to move it. Seems like a city/urban forum appropriate subject, but it's 2020. I'm mentally prepared to be wrong.)