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Google Calendar Down: Millions Unsure Where to Be Today

November 15, 2010

If you have no idea where you are supposed to be in the next hour, it may have something to do with the fact that the Google Calendar is down. According to a Mashable report, the only activity surrounding the Google Calendar is the abundance of tweets pouring in on Twitter.

Google Calendar users apparently are scrambling to figure out where they are supposed to be, now that they can’t access their daily calendar page.

Reports show that the Google Calendar is either not leading or eventually produces a message: “Server Error Google Calendar is temporarily unavailable. Please try back later.”

Anyone who lives their life or runs their business by a calendar cannot afford to check back later and this failure on Google’s behalf is likely to push some to deploy other methods.

And, this isn’t the first time the Google Calendar has left users scrambling to figure out their day. The service went down for a number of hours in May.

Google has issued a statement that provides little information: "We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Calendar. We will provide more information shortly." For those relying on the site, this isn’t much help.

In other Google news, unified communications recently reported that the search giant will stop handing over Gmail contacts to Facebook – as well as other websites and services. Google claims the move is to stop sharing information with sites that do not do the same in return. The company claims Facebook leaves social networking users in a "data dead end.”

Not to be outdone by its biggest adversary, Facebook retaliated with a loophole. The company found a loophole in Google’s new policy and can now bypass the new restriction. Facebook has now posted a link in its “Find Friends” tab that allows users to download their Google contacts into their hard drives. Users then import them into Facebook with just a single click.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Facebook didn’t jump on this Google misstep in service delivery, especially given both companies are slated to appear at the Web 2.0 conference in San Francisco this week. The outcome will be one to watch.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for unified communications and has also written for eastbiz.com. To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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