Call it a first-world problem, but Google Maps is not working for many users on Friday, March 18, causing confusion and navigation headaches.
People attempting to use the service saw blank spaces where a map was supposed to load when they tried to use Google Maps.
On social media, wayfinders were voicing their concerns over the outage.
Google Maps is down.
— Emilio (@emilioplayz) March 18, 2022
In the past hour we have learned that our navigation preferences are as follows:
1. Google Maps when it isn’t broken
2. Guess and check
3. Loading up Google Maps to see if it’s still broken
4. Asking someone
5. Apple Maps
— Eric Skoglund (@eskoglund) March 18, 2022
Google maps is down.. Time to dust off ol’ reliable pic.twitter.com/zwuosRBGBZ
— 𝕮𝖍𝖗𝖎𝖘𝖙 (@ElevatedNinja) March 18, 2022
We are so dependent on technology.
Google Maps is down and I had to use my truck’s GPS to get directions to a place that I have been at least 20 times before.
— Travis Nelson 🇨🇦 in 🇺🇸 ❤️ 🇺🇦 (@trnelson) March 18, 2022
DownDetector reported a huge spike in people reporting problems with Google services at around 9 am PST.
More to come…