A minor panic spread across the Internet on Thursday after Google suffered what appeared to be a temporary service outage.
Reports cropped up throughout the Web that Google’s search engine, as well as popular services like Gmail and Google Analytics were running slowly or not at all in various parts of the world on Thursday morning.
And the incident caused ripples that slowed down other Web sites.
Users of the Twitter microblogging service fired off a flood of anxious Tweets inquiring, and venting, about the situation.
“My life has come to a complete halt,” wrote one hapless Twitter user, while another suggested Google be nationalized given that it is such an essential service.