Yahoo mocks Gmail outage, backtracks, apologises, looks stupid

In a stunning example of the pot calling the kettle black, Yahoo decided to respond to yesterday's outage that affected numerous Google services by taking to Twitter to delight in its rival's misery. A tweet from Yahoo's account stated "Gmail is temporarily unavailable" along with a related screenshot: 

Apparently, Yahoo has a short memory - only last month, Yahoo Mail suffered a major outage which continued to affect its customers for four days. The company's chief executive, Marissa Mayer, later apologized for that "unacceptable" service failure. 

As Mashable reports, Yahoo has also apologized today, after deleting its earlier tweet, which it said had demonstrated "bad judgment": 

The original tweet was met with widespread derision on Twitter, with many openly mocking Yahoo, before the company finally saw sense and removed it. But Tom Krazit, executive editor at Gigaom, gets the glory for best summarising the folly of Yahoo's actions: 

Source: Mashable | image via Mashable

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Not that any email is immune to outages but I'm phasing gmail out more and more. I never thought I'd use outlook again but it's just damn nice after the overhaul.

Outlook.com for the win At least the rare times Outlook goes down, only a certain number of users are effected rather than EVERYONE. It's funny when Gmail goes down, everyone acts like it's the end of the world. It's just email people, you should expect these things to happen once in a while.

ClassicTrekker said,
I was gonna say something about "Pot, meet kettle," but the article beat me to it!

lol agreed, when I read the title thats exactly what I said...then I clicked the link yup the article spoke my words. Completely correct...buncha dumb yahoos

Its spam filter works okay, but I am worried actually about it flagging valid messages.. Gmail does it, too.

I get about 10-20 spam messages a day anymore, which is crazy compared to 8 years ago when I didn't hardly get any..

10 years ago, an actual spam message was rare or non existent. No spam filter necessary type stuff..

Today there is literally more spam than legit messages by a factor of like 5 or 10...

nullie said,
Its spam filter works okay, but I am worried actually about it flagging valid messages.. Gmail does it, too.

I get about 10-20 spam messages a day anymore, which is crazy compared to 8 years ago when I didn't hardly get any..

10 years ago, an actual spam message was rare or non existent. No spam filter necessary type stuff..

Today there is literally more spam than legit messages by a factor of like 5 or 10...

Probably don't be giving our your email to every single question box that asks for it?

I use Gmail and get 0 spam, I ONLY give my email to sites that I know wont 'spam' me and if I do get something I hit the 'Spam' button and it doesn't come back, if it does because its stubborn there are almost always a link at the bottom of the email saying 'Unsubscribe', which is better than hitting the 'Spam' button.

Use common sense on the internet. Dont click every banner you see and dont give out your email to every site you go to. Its something like your house address, would you give that to every magazine company because they asked (to send you 'free' 'promotional' 'stuff')? Probably not. Obviously if you don't care about a certain email then give that out to all, sure, but if you want a email that stays Spam free or low spam, probably dont give that one out so much.

OT with article: Once I read the title, I was like whaat?! Stupid yahoo, they need to crash forever now, I can't understand how they can mock google when they are 10x worse and crashed for days last month. ...unreal. They look even dumber for 'retracting' it. Like do they give their twitter account to their kids or something? Wow 100% unprofessional on ever standard

Um, I am expert at that. I do not give my email account out, and generally protected it from publication. The spam bots out there generally do not need your actual account, and acquire random usernames to use from a database and then just add it to the domain name of whatever site they decide to target. Underneath the DNS system are mail server information and they can tell from that what domains are set to receive email.

I typically only give my actual email addresses out to trusted websites like amazon or neowin for account sign up. As a techy familar with the ins and outs, this only mattered 10 years ago.. today it does practically no good, although I would definitely practice those behaviors for newly created and existing accounts.

It only takes 1 leak of your account, too, no matter how it was leaked or included in their databases, to get increase in unsolicited random spam messages..

Sgt Beavis said,
Yahoo mail is only good as a spam account.

Just to be clear.. I give out my yahoo address for sites that I know will spam me. I never give out my gmail account. ever.

"Article"
Apparently, Yahoo has a short memory - only last month, Yahoo Mail suffered a major outage which continued to affect its customers for four days. The company's chief executive, Marissa Mayer, later apologized for that "unacceptable" service failure.

Indeed. They've just stabbed themselves again.

NSA had to do some maintenance on their favorite mail service I guess. So glad Gmail is in the past for me. Went back there to retrieve a password and it was like a war zone. No doubt it will be flooded with more g+, google's failed social network crap soon

neonspark said,
NSA had to do some maintenance on their favorite mail service I guess. So glad Gmail is in the past for me. Went back there to retrieve a password and it was like a war zone. No doubt it will be flooded with more g+, google's failed social network crap soon

OMG THIS.

I rarely use my GMail accounts anymore, but when I do all it is is Google+ Spam. And I don't even use Google+...

neonspark said,
NSA had to do some maintenance on their favorite mail service I guess.

So the NSA only was monitoring GMAIL accounts huh....good to know.....

Might be worth noting that ALL the popular free mail services are in the same predicament, it's not like Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc. are immune to NSA's extended oversight. Developers working for all those companies are currently scrambling to work lock down their services better so it's just a matter of time before things even out a bit. Also, for all you anti-Google fanboys, it should be noted that out of all those companies, Google was the first to implement (as opt-in, then as default) the https protocol -- beating their competitors by years in several instances.

M_Lyons10 said,

I rarely use my GMail accounts anymore, but when I do all it is is Google+ Spam. And I don't even use Google+...
I'm no G+ fan, but why can't you guys just close your G+ account and turn off its Gmail integration? Is that so hard to do?

Romero said,
I'm no G+ fan, but why can't you guys just close your G+ account and turn off its Gmail integration? Is that so hard to do?

Actually, it isn't as simple as it should be. And they will probably just recreate your G+ account anytime you accidentally click on a +1 link.

Sartoris said,

Actually, it isn't as simple as it should be. And they will probably just recreate your G+ account anytime you accidentally click on a +1 link.
As ScottDaMan said it is as simple as that, and mine hasn't been reactivated yet all this time I've had it closed (and by closed I do mean closed, not simply notifications turned off). I don't particularly like Google either (especially after their recent G+/YouTube fiasco), but when you're criticizing them it should at least be something that'll stand up to scrutiny rather than a flimsy excuse or mere conjecture ("they will probably do X").

Have never really liked Gmail, or Google for that matter, but Yahoo surely is the LAST place to be doing this!

Yahoo's mail has been getting crappier by the day for quite some time now.

cork1958 said,
Have never really liked Gmail, or Google for that matter, but Yahoo surely is the LAST place to be doing this!

Yahoo's mail has been getting crappier by the day for quite some time now.

Here is something that'll make you laugh - whilst Yahoo is crowing it is amazing how NO ONE on Neowin Editorial staff have mentioned this:

http://www.telecom.co.nz/whats...icestatus/?f=network-status

A security breach on Yahoo's email service yet nothing is said - not a single word on the frontpage. I doubt Telecom NZ is the only ISP that uses Yahoo eMail is the only customer who are effected by Yahoo's security ineptitude.