Widespread Google glitch paralyzes third-party services

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Google’s tool for logging into third-party services went down Tuesday morning, paralyzing individuals and organizations who depend on it to access various systems and services.

Google OAuth is the system that enables you to log into a service (like, say, Pocket) with your Google or Gmail account. Many Twitter users reported the API associated with Google OAuth wasn’t working at about 9:30 a.m. ET on Tuesday, locking them out of various services. The outage also disrupted Mashable‘s systems.

It’s unclear how long the outage lasted, but most services tied to Mashable Google Apps accounts were restored after 11:30 a.m. ET.

The outage affected organizations who use Google Apps and depend on Google OAuth for access to many services. Mashable, for example, uses Google Apps to access Trello, SocialFlow and our primary CMS (content management system) in addition to basic Google services like Gmail, Calendar and Drive. To be clear, Google services still worked; the OAuth outage affected only logins to third-party services.

The outage may have been regional, as some Mashable staffers outside the United States reported some third-party logins were still working. However, most users trying to log into a service with a Google account were greeted with errors like this:

Google OAuth error

The outage follows a possibly unrelated Gmail disruption that occurred on Monday, according to Google’s Apps Dashboard, which monitors service disruptions and outages across Google services. The Dashboard also shows a disruption to Google Drive on Tuesday.

Representatives for Google didn’t immediately respond to comment.

Update 12:29 p.m. ET: Google has apparently restored the OAuth API.

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