Gmail Crashes, Customer Service Springs into High Gear (Not)

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Error

Server Error

The server encountered a temporary error and could not complete your request.Please try again in 30 seconds.

The above is what I saw, and continue to see, as I try to access my Gmail account. In case you’re wondering what to do next, the answer is nothing. Gmail’s customer service is unreachable too.  Hence a cautionary piece of advice with respect to your on-demand service provider: keep a phone number handy, because when a Web-only service goes down, so does all the online info about how to contact the service provider about fixing the problem.

FYI: I’ve been trying again, as requested for several minutes. Google’s optimism about a 30-second fix seems to be, well, a little optimistic.

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