Google.com was down for a few minutes between 23:52 and 23:57 BST on Aug 16, 2013. This result of this downtime was a massive drop in global internet traffic.
GoSquared a service providing real-time analytics for websites reported a 40% drop in the number of pageviews. That’s a massive drop for only a few seconds downtime and highlights just how much we rely on Google as internet users.
Google has not yet released a statement regarding the outage but I’m sure who ever tripped over the plug socket has gone into hiding and John McClane can put away his vest… for now.