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Brief Gmail Outage Shows Us All How Dependent We Are On One Company

Some time around noon ET today (some say it was earlier; Google says it was later), many Gmail users were unable to access their accounts and instead received a message reading "Temporary Error (500)." As to be expected, the world came perilously close to being engulfed in rioting, looting and other fun stuff. Twitter immediately exploded with people trying to out-joke each other about Gmail being down.
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