Google+ grew overwhelmed, leading the search-engine giant to accidentally spam its users, according to the company.
“For about 80 minutes we ran out of disk space on the service that keeps track of notifications,” Gundotra wrote on Google+ Monday. “Hence our system continued to try sending notifications. Over, and over again. Yikes.”
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The spam notifications seems to have affected users differently. I received a quick succession of 41 repeat notification messages around 5PM Eastern this afternoon, while others I’ve talked to didn’t notice any issues. Luckily for me (and I assume many others), the spam messages got filed under a single conversation thread on Gmail. On my iPhone, however, I received a headache-inducing string of 41 individual messages.
“We didn’t expect to hit these high thresholds so quickly, but we should have,” Gundotra added. Indeed, it seems strange for a company with seemingly limitless resources to by stymied by a simple disk space issue.