Google may have been quick off the mark to launch their social networking venture Google+ but it seems even by limiting the amount of users to those who were fast enough to respond to the invite, the search giant may have underestimated just how popular this social beta test would be. In fact, it seems that they did not allow for enough disk space to cope with demand and as such, the system started to send out notifications to users, which is something that apparently occasionally affects other social networks too every now and then!
According to Google’s senior vice-president of social, Vic Gundotra, wrote on his Google+ account;
Please accept our apologies for the spam we caused this afternoon. 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. We didn’t expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have. Thank you for helping us during this field trial, and once again, we are very sorry for the spam.
You can of course forgive a start up of just two weeks the odd misshape such as not allowing for enough disk space etc, but can we really forgive Google a firm that runs massive data centres around the world, the jury will have to be out on that one for now!
Source [The Register]