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 that the issue had been resolved.