Gmail Was Down for 20 Minutes & Here's How We Reacted, in Gifs

Today, Gmail was like, “IT’S FRIDAY. I'M GOING TO GO STRETCH OUT MY WALKING STICKS, SNITCHES. HAVE FUN WITHOUT ME,” and then peaced out for about 20 minutes. When Gmail went down, we were all kicked out of our accounts. No one saw it coming. Those 20 minutes were absolute pandemonium. What do you mean by “Temporary Error (500)?” WHAT IS THAT?! Ugh, annoying. Let me sign back in, please. What's that? You won't let me back in? Why are you doing this?! NO NO NO NO.

The implications of that Error (500) message: we could not access our Gmail accounts. We couldn’t check our email. We couldn’t Gchat. We were stuck out at e-sea, without an e-paddle, completely e-alone. It was horrifying. I get chills just thinking about it.

What did today's brief, terrifying, sans-Gmail period of time feel like? Let's revisit:

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When Gmail kicked you out today, you thought it was something you did.

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And you became increasingly frustrated with yourself when you couldn’t sign back in.

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You pleaded with your computer monitor.

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And then you saw it on Twitter: you weren’t alone in your struggle. Gmail was down. This was equal parts comforting and terrifying.

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Yes, you felt a little better knowing that you didn’t break your Gmail account. But you just wanted it to come back.

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You felt helpless.

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Face it: with Gmail gone, you didn’t know what to do with yourself.

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And then, the realization set in: YOU DEPEND ON GMAIL FOR EVERYTHING.

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You got desperate. You needed something. Anything.

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But before you could sign on using an old AIM SN, you heard the good news: GMAIL CAME BACK!

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And just like that, everything was wonderful again.

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