Last Friday 1/24/2014, Google services went down for a brief period of time. You’d be surprised by the outrage this caused for thousands of people around the world. While the service downtime only lasted 50 minutes, can you imagine what would be happening right now if services such as Gmail, Google+, and Google Docs were still down today?

Twitter blew up with #Googledown and Yahoo! even tweeted a picture of what Gmail’s temporary error page looked like. Interestingly enough, Google’s very own Site Reliability Engineering Team (SRE) was doing their annual AmA on Reddit. Jokes about “the guy” tripping over the cable that controlled all of the services were all over the thread. It’s funny how it turns out that they can use the same joke twice for two different threads that are a year apart.