On December 14, 2020, Google put the world on a hiatus on the internet. At around 1 p.m., French time, Google services stopped, leaving its users more than destitute. Thus, the global failure of the American giant raises questions in our societies especially in this period of widespread telework. Indeed, the services used by both professionals and individuals were simply inaccessible. Although very rare the outages that Google can suffer handicap. This is the butterfly effect, a single flapping of the animal’s wings in Brazil can trigger a storm in Texas. Here, a failure of the authentication system, triggers a kind of global chaos.
Google, more than ever at our service
It will be said that it is after a global outage like the one we experienced on December 14th that we realize the presence of Google and the internet in our daily newspapers. Google provides its services not only to individuals but also to professionals. Many companies use its services to be able to work. According to Javier Soltero, ceo and vice president of G Suite at Google, there are more than 6 million companies that pay to access this service. Yesterday, so many people were unable to work. For long minutes, their eyes wide-eyed behind their screens, they were unable to access the services that facilitate their daily work.
Indeed, if companies choose Google’s productivity software on the internet it is thanks to its advantages that make them indispensable. When they subscribe to the sequel offer they can access all google tools grouped in one formula through a formula. As for practicality, it’s impossible to dream better. There is an entry form, the Basic G Suite plan at $5 per person per month (1). Users can access gmail, google calendar, google drive with a storage capacity of 30 GO, Google Docs, Google Sheets or Google Keep. From the G suite administration console they also have access to google hangouts, google meet, google forms, google slides or even mobile management. In other words, everything you need to be productive.
With the COVID-19 crisis, interest in this type of service has increased. Indeed, today to combat the spread of the virus millions of people are forced to telework. One of the winners of the situation is Google. Working conditions have boosted the giant’s business. In particular, the latter reorganized its solution with better convergence recently. Google Workspace takes over from G Suite. However, if we go a little further, we wonder what is our relationship to Google or more generally to the internet? It seems enough of a stumble of the giant to stop the world.
Internet and Google, the engines of our lives
October 29, 1969 at 10:30 a.m. marks the advent of the Internet. At that time we were far from imagining how this tool would revolutionize our lives. In the 2000s, it was still a tool like any other. Moreover, it is very slow, it “beep-beep” in all directions, it annoys, because it rows. But in September 1998, Google arrived like an internet messiah. It’s a real revolution. And then begins the story of our interdependence with Google. 20 years later, we’ve come a long way together. Google has become almost a friend. We talk to him through a speaker, to ask him the weather, he can even be comforting when asked a joke. And when it’s time to go to work, Google is always there to make us productive with ever more practical tools.
In addition, it will be said that we are greatly dependent on the internet and google. Is that a bad thing? Our use of these technologies, develop our knowledge, our efficiency on a daily basis without us even realizing it. The tool offers us a whole world of knowledge that all that remains is to explore and use wisely. But of course, we must not lose sight of the fact that it is not infallible. And it is at this very moment that it is important especially in the professional context to think about alternative solutions. Are video conferiecing services inaccessible? So why not use your phone like you used to? By following this problem of accessibility of services one could also ask how to work without energy? How can I continue to work if the internet cuts?
These are just as many issues that arise especially in this particular time. We are dependent on these services to facilitate his daily life and become better in our actions however, it seems important not to lose sight of our ability to adapt. The world of work of tomorrow will adapt, COVID-19 has accelerated the movement.