For about an hour yesterday afternoon, Google+ was blasting email users with dozens of duplicate notification messages after the disk that was supposed to keep track of notifications ran out of space.Google+ chief Vic Gundotra posted an apology on the service after it happened, and explained the problem as so:
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.
The service is obviously having some growing pains. Executive chairman Eric Schmidt said earlier this week that the service already had “millions” of users after launching a field trial less than two weeks ago.
But it’s kind of an embarrassing slip-up. But that’s Google — the company is famous for its perpetual betas and launching unfinished products like Google Music, then using feedback from real-world testing to work out any kinks.