The Most Amazing Gmail Glitch Flooded Some Poor Guy's Hotmail Account

By Ashley Feinberg on at

You probably noticed Gmail was down for a while. David S. Peck probably wishes Gmail still was down, because a glitch caused thousands of misdirected emails to be sent to his Hotmail account.

Earlier, if you searched for Gmail in Google, one of the top results (the one that reads "Email") takes you to a compose window that strangely has a Hotmail address already in the "To" field. TechCrunch was the first to notice it, but several of us here at Gizmodo were able to reproduce the incredibly bizarre bug for ourselves.

After connecting the dots, TechCrunch found out it belongs to one David S. Peck: the internet's most popular inbox owner. He's confirmed that he was indeed receiving thousands of emails, the majority of which are blank. According to TechCrunch:

The issue actually started yesterday, he says, and he contacted Hotmail support this morning to try to get help. Ironically, he asked them to contact him at his alternate email address, which is Gmail.

Funnily enough, Gmail's reliability team just happened to have been hosting a Reddit AMA at the time. Awkwaaaard.

Fortunately for David S. Peck, it looks like Google has fixed the search bug. Although we imagine that Mr. Peck will probably be getting himself a new Hotmail address regardless. [TechCrunch]