N0 V0w3ls 0n Gm@1l

Did anyone else notice this last Thursday, April 1?

When you arrived at the Gmail homepage or logged into your Gmail account, all the vowels were missing.

It was honestly one of the weird occurrences that I’ve ever seen. They said that at one of their datacenters:

the frontend web servers in that particular datacenter started failing to render the letter ‘a’ for a subset of users. As error rates escalated, the strain spread to other datacenters. We worked quickly to avoid a cascading failure of the entire alphabet by implementing a stopgap solution that limited the damage to the letters ‘a,’ ‘e,’ ‘i,’ ‘o,’ and ‘u.’ As a result, we’re experiencing Gmail’s first temporary vowel outage. (We’re still investigating whether the letter ‘y’ is impacted and will post an update here shortly.)

They did update that the letter ‘y’ was not impacted straight away and got it “fixed” by mid-afternoon.

Well, checking back on this because it boggled me so much, at 12:01am on April 2nd, they posted the following:

Update (12:01 am): Also, this issue never happened. Happy April 1st.

Damn. That really, really got me. Good April Fool’s.

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