Google Not Shut Down! (Shot Down, Maybe)

An inordinate people are coming in to view my four-year-old post “Google Shut Down for 15 Minutes, Thought Hacked.”  A couple minutes of digging reveals the likely cause.

Michael Arrington reports, in a piece with the odd title “Twitter Mania: Google Got Shut Down. Apple Rumors Heat Up,” that there are rumors that Apple is trying to buy Twitter, this after Google was rebuffed in the effort.  Given Arrington’s strong presence on Twitter, FriendFeed, and other social media networks, I’m guessing that retweets and likes and other passing on of a post with “Google Got Shut Down” in it is causing a mild panic.

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James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway, an associate professor of security studies at the Command and Staff College, Marine Corps University, and a nonresident senior fellow at the Brent Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. He earned a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter.