It's definitely not the biggest event in twenty first century. But for search engine mortals like us, it was certainly 'net shattering.'
By the way, the news is that for last night for few hours the official Google blog, googleblog.blogspot.com, was deleted. Users were greeted with a "Not Found. The requested URL was not found on this server. Please visit the Blogger homepage or the Blogger Knowledge Base for further assistance, " message. One blogger was so lured by the vanished blogspot, which has a PR of 9, that he went ahead and registered the googleblog.blogspot.com blog URL.
You would say is that all we are so excited about? No dear! We are hysteric because we know more than that.
The Google blog was actually hijacked and we have the screenshot. View the Screenshot. The message that he posted there is as follows:
Google, fix your blog pleeasssee! <3
(P.S. Just to clear things up, I'm not associated with Google at all. I just wanted to take advantage of this before someone else with less worthy intentions did. The username was giving a 404, so I tried registering a new blog with it. Surprisingly, it worked. Oh, and no posting URLs in the comments or else they'll be deleted.)
Now the person behind the bravado is "Just a student studying cognitive neuroscience at The University of Texas." The name is Trey Philips.
Location: Austin, Texas, United States. The guy candidly offered his complete profile too. Its a saga about Trey slipping through the rabbit hole for the proverbial two minutes of fame in the Googleland.
And how does Mighty Google take this affront? They feign innocence. Jason Goldman, Blogger Product Manager simply announced that:
'We are back.
The Google Blog was unavailable for a short time tonight. We quickly learned from our initial investigation that there was no systemwide vulnerability for Blogger. We'll let you know more about what did happen once we finish looking into it.
And then came the Update. (Even they found out at last.!)
We've determined the cause of tonight's outage. The blog was mistakenly deleted by us (d'oh!) which allowed the blog address to be temporarily claimed by another user. This was not a hack, and nobody guessed our password. Our bad.'
All is well that ends well. Google was finally able to reclaim its property without much ado. However, it will remain one of those "Once upon a time…" stories.