Social not-working newbie Google+ ran out of disk space over the weekend – a bit embarrassing for the search engine and would-be peddler of cloud based services.
It all started when many users of Google+ noticed Google spamming their inbox with multiple email notifications in a quick succession. The company quickly said that this was a glitch and they have now apologised for the inconvenience.
Vic Gundotra, Head of Social at Google, wrote from his bog that the service ran out of disk space on the server that keeps track of notifications. It lasted for roughly 80 minutes, so Google’s systems kept trying to send notifications.
Gundotra reminded the people sharpening the axes, lighting the torches and getting ready for a lynch mob that the service was still a field trial and he was sorry for the spam.
On one hand this is good news for Google.
Its Google+ is expanding even faster than Google’s expectation.
On the downside, running out of disk space on a server is not something you expect from an company which is pinning its hopes on the cloud.