Google+ Runs Out of Space, Spams Users

Fortunately, problem was only temporary
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 11, 2011 1:46 PM CDT
This file photo taken April 9, 2010, shows a Google sign at Google headquarters in Mountain View, Calif.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, file)

(Newser) – After all sorts of good Google+ press, a bit of the bad kind: Users were spammed with numerous error messages this weekend after Google+ ran out of storage space. A senior VP of the service apologized on his own Google+ page, explaining, "For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications. Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes."

It's a bit disconcerting that such an error occurred less than two weeks after the service launched, notes Time's Techland blog, especially since it's still in its invite-only test phase and has an estimated 4.5 million users, paltry when compared to Facebook's 750 million. Google didn't anticipate hitting "these high thresholds" so soon, but it "should have," the VP admitted. Writes Matt Peckham, "Well yeah they should have."

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