Google, despite its best efforts, suffered a temporary attack on it’s search results today. Sometime between 9am and 10:30 am Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, any keyword queries sent through Google’s search engine or it’s toolbar produced results such as this:
For about 30 minutes to an hour, the only way you could perform a safe search was by using a different search engine (Yahoo, Live, etc..) or copying the url into the address bar.
After realizing what was going on, I immediately jumped on Twitter to see if there was any info – (who says twitter is pointless….) and they had just started #hashtagging the info – only a few hundred posts at that time : see some below –
And it didn’t just affect organic search – many people complained that their Gmail accounts were whacked out for a while – apparently the filters sent good email into the spam folders, so if you’re using Gmail – you’ll probably want to check that out.
What does this mean for Google’s search future?
I personally don’t think it changes anything, since they fixed the problem in less than a few hours – but it should make everyone take notice and realize that nothing is absolutely secure on the internet. Even it’s biggest player.