I think I might have crashed Gmail last week. Seriously.
The crash is well documented with the usual set of vague excuses including ‘high load on the service’. But was it my fault?
I had just got a new HTC Hero and was trying to migrate my contacts from my old phone. I’d got myself into a state where I’d got the new contacts onto the phone from Google, but at that point I realised most of the fields were misaligned.
Not thinking what I was doing, I deleted all the contacts from the phone and then started to edit my contacts within Gmail. What I didn’t realise was that hundreds of these deleted phone contacts were also being deleted from my Gmail contacts. My phone also locked up. While I was trying to correct my list in Gmail I kept getting these weird errors that the contacts I was editing didn’t exist any more. Very odd. The contacts list was getting shorter and shorter. And suddenly BANG, I got a big error in Gmail saying ‘Your contact list is not available right now, please try again later’. I tweet about it and a friend tweets back and says that everyone else is having the same problem.
Coincidence? Almost certainly. I guess I’ll never know. I just have this lingering sense of guilt about it