Fallout: Just how bad can five minutes really be? According to one analysis, Google's downtime caused a whopping 40 percent drop in global Internet traffic.
The number of tweets per minute about Google, meanwhile, was said to increase five-fold -- jumping from a typical average of 200 per minute to well over 1,000 per minute during the outage.
As for financial impact, by doing a little math with Google's second-quarter revenue, one writer estimated the company could have lost around $545,000 during the short time it was down.
Fix: Google never went into detail about what caused its recess, saying only that it had "received reports of an issue affecting some Google services" and the issue had been resolved.