Google Deletes Their Own Blog

The Official Google Blog was unavailable a couple of days back. This sent loads of rumors around that perhaps had been hacked. The real story was that they deleted their own blog.

If Google can do it – anyone can.

Do you have a blog backup strategy?

UpdateDave Walker put together a cartoon to commemorate the moment :-)

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  1. Aaron Brazell says:

    I wonder if the Google engineer’s next trick will be deleting the Google Search database. :)

    Oops… there goes the internet. :p

  2. Jesse says:

    Aaron, someone beat you to it:

  3. Jesse says:

    Ach. Could you please delete the above comment (and this one). Didn’t come out

  4. Shaun Carter says:

    This is too funny… just goes to show even Google has humans working behind all the technology!

  5. Scott Young says:


    I think that this very ‘un-google’ act of imperfection has made me like the company even more.

  6. Jory says:

    There is a screenshot here of the page, the conversation on the page is fake I think…

  7. Melody says:

    Makes the playing field feel a tad more level, eh?

    Squarespace offers the ability to backup all blog (“journal” in ss terminology) files as often as we like. This was a good reminder that it’s been a while…

  8. Loren says:

    Thanks for the coverage Big D.

    I’m amazed the Blogger who put up the notice did not place AdSense or YPN ads all over the place.

  9. Aaress says:

    Scary – although it is a good reminder to use backups. I normally try to backup both of my blogs every few weeks, just in case I either goof up or have to deal with hackers.

  10. That was hilarious. Some kid registered the name and had his own blog there for half a day.

  11. KCA says:

    I really not surprise… it happened to me also, i accidentally deleted on of my blogger blog.

    When u want to delete one WordPress blog, you need to confirm few step and finalyze an e mail comfirmation.
    In Blogger, on the dashboard there is just oen icone to click, and your blog is gone in the second. No confirmation, no possiblity to retract you rchoice, nothing.

    Matter of fact the “delete this blog” icone is just near the one to save the globbal settings”.

  12. Mark Allchin says:

    It’s funny that it seems quite easy to delete a blog by mistake and yet I have tried out 3 different blogging scripts over the last week or so and yet I cannot delete the ones I decided not to use either from the database or from my webspace. Oh well maybe I will contact the guy at Google and ask him how he did it ;)

  13. DaEMoN says:

    ..and right when complaints about blogs deleted without warning seemed to reach their peak.. Google confirmed :)
    Oh, the irony

  14. Being a long time blogspot user myself, once you delete the blogger account, everything is gone – posts, template… I still wonder how they got it all back with full archives so quickly. I have some tips to back up blogger blogs.

  15. Mike says:

    I remember myself when I was using blogger, I was surprised to see a big button “Delete blog” in the middle of the page. Perhaps they will now make it harder to delete your blog. An email confirmation or something is probably a good idea.

  16. tom sherman says:

    Scott Young: Makes you like them more?! Would love to see that standard applied to Microsoft. I guess you can join the mob licking Google’s (and Apple’s) boots and cursing Microsoft. Whatever.

    p.s. Any company that perpetuates the use of that god-forsaken “my bad” (in this case, “our bad,” guhhh) phrase should be shut down!

  17. eszpee says:

    In case you wouldn’t have a backup strategy, I just wrote an article on this topic:


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