Gmail Outage Impacts on Domain Investors

Yesterday was a bad day for Gmail users. There was an outage that impacted many Gmail users. Some people experienced downtime with Gmail, and they were unable to access their email for a period of time. Other users faced potentially bigger issues, with emails sent to them being returned to the sender as undeliverable. The Verge has more information about the outage, but here’s how domain investors were impacted.

Inbound domain name purchase inquiries or negotiation emails may have been returned to the sender as undeliverable. While a recipient who knows about the issue or has a long history of sending emails to someone would likely see this as an inconvenient glitch. Someone who was sending an unsolicited email or follow up email may have assumed they sent the email to the wrong account. Investors who sent outbound inquiries and had their emails returned as undeliverable should consider re-sending those emails.

Domain investors who use Gmail would be wise to look at the domain auction accounts to see if any auctions were won (or lost) while Gmail was down. In addition, they should check active auctions to see if they were outbid on any auctions, as outbid emails that were sent may have not been delivered.

If a domain investor has any transfers pending, they may need to request authorization codes again or request the approval link once again. If the email was lost in thin air, the authorization code won’t come, nor will the email with the necessary approval link to click.

Ultimately, many emails that were sent to Gmail users seem to be totally lost. They will apparently not be resent or inboxed when the issue with Google’s services get resolved. Investors who were expecting emails may want to follow up with senders to ensure emails were not lost. They may also want to log in to accounts that send notifications – like offers via DAN, Sedo, or Afternic to see if there are inquiries pending.

Elliot Silver
Elliot Silver
About The Author: Elliot Silver is an Internet entrepreneur and publisher of Elliot is also the founder and President of Top Notch Domains, LLC, a company that has closed eight figures in deals. Please read the Terms of Use page for additional information about the publisher, website comment policy, disclosures, and conflicts of interest. Reach out to Elliot: Twitter | Facebook | LinkedIn


  1. Two things I have discovered in life:

    1. Almost everyone uses gmail.

    2. I never use gmail, except on the rarest of occasions for something non-critical. As in, maybe once every 5 to 10 years.

    • Since Google is in bed with the government, the “deep state,” and one of the biggest arms of the surveillance and censorship state, anyone in the domaining community interested in rethinking this ubiquitous love affair with using gmail?

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