In a quick succession, several Google+ users were bombarded with multiple email notifications spamming their inbox due to a coding error after which the service that kept track of Google+ notification system ran out of disk space.
Vic Gundotra, Senior Vice-President of Social for Google, apologized on his Google+ account to those Google+ users who were affected because of the glitch.
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.
Google+ is currently under field test and such bugs and errors are expected to follow. Google+ has currently closed down it’s sign up process and invite feature. There are over millions of users already on Google+, revealed Eric Schmidt on Thursday. When Google+ was announced, the invite process was open for quite a few time until it was closed due to insane demand of “invites“. Google then re-opened the social network to public for a shot period of time (Just for couple of hours).
Sophos reported that high profiles sufferers like Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC’s News’s Technology Correspondent, was bombarded with emails. Jones tweeted “Getting zillions of Google+ emails, including duplicates which is apparently a bug. Already dubious about its usefulness…”
However, the glitch did not cause much inconvenience to users as Gmail’s threaded view feature got all emails under a single thread. But for those who used third-party email clients definitely faced a lot of problems with multiple barrage of notifications. Google states that the Google+ team is working hard to fix/kill bugs and ensure that its infrastructure is fast and reliable when it is publicly open.
There have been spammy Google Plus invitations that are spreading viral all over the Internet. There are people who are selling Google+ invites which are fake. Please be aware that Google+ is free and there is no need to buy invites. Please be patient until Google+ is opened to public again.
By the way, we have been using Google+ for weeks and you might want to read through our series of articles which will be helpful to you when it comes to using and understanding Google+.