On Friday afternoon, the Internet went into a state of chaos when the Gmail servers went down. People were left without their email and there was no way to reach those at Google to figure out how to fix the error, so social media began to light up with plenty of messages and concerns about what to do without email.
Perhaps it was time to call up the Pony Express.
It goes to show how much society relies on online communication. Without our Gmail, we are a lost society.
Check out some of the tweets that surfaced in the moments after Gmail went down:
GUYS, I DON’T KNOW IF YOU SAW ON TWITTER. BUT GMAIL IS DOWN. #panic
— Bridget (@bridgetreilly) January 24, 2014
Send us your Gmail memories.
— James Manning (@JamesManning4) January 24, 2014
#gmail goes down. world ends.
— Maura Tracy (@mauratracywi) January 24, 2014
#Gmail is down now I can get stuff done. (;
— Allie Gray Freeland (@AllieGrayFree) January 24, 2014
Just realized that having gmail has become almost as important as having electricity
— Elizabeth H Fox (@e_h_fox) January 24, 2014
Gmail is down. Now i see people just kind of wandering around outside not sure what to do.
— Chris Kirby (@sirkirby) January 24, 2014
How did people get work done before email? GMail is down and I don’t know what to do with myself right now.
— Calvin (@aurosan) January 24, 2014
At least I’m immediately comforted by seeing all the other folks who came to Twitter the instant Gmail died.
— Anastasia Salter (@AnaSalter) January 24, 2014
— Avril Prakash (@AvrilPrakash) January 24, 2014
GMAIL IS DOWN LETS START DRINKIN
— Kelly Kettering (@kknightendday) January 24, 2014
Follow me to the gmail emergency bunker. go now no time
— Joanna Borns (@robotics) January 24, 2014
the gmail free public beta is OVER
— John Herrman (@jwherrman) January 24, 2014
The folks at Yahoo! took the opportunity to have some fun:
Gmail is temporarily unavailable pic.twitter.com/KLNxcQ9zUP
— Yahoo (@Yahoo) January 24, 2014
So if anyone still uses Yahoo! Mail, you are not experiencing the troubles that the rest of the world is now suffering through.