Oops! Google Deletes Its Own BlogSpot Blog

Posted on March 28, 2006

SearchEngineWatch reported yesterday that Google's BlogSpot blog at googleblog.blogspot.com had vanished. Later a blogger named Trey Philips managed to register the googleblog name and posted a brief message than began with "Google, fix your blog pleeasssee!"

Google has since reclaimed the blog. A graphic of the Google blog before Google reclaimed it can be found here. Google also admits that they are the ones who accidentally deleted the blog.

Google says, "Update: 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."

The good news is that Google says there is "no systemwide vulnerability for Blogger." Apparently, it was just a silly mistake that has Google red-faced today. We can all learn from this by remembering to keep a back up of our blogs. If Google can accidentally delete a blog then anyone can.

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