We are a society that is so interconnected and dependent on the internet that it's easy to imagine that our favorite services will always be there exactly when we need them. In fact, having anything else be true could be highly detrimental to a lot of businesses and individuals. It's been common in apocalyptic fiction to question what would happen if electricity were suddenly gone, as it is no longer a luxury and society is built on it. But it's quickly becoming clear that the internet is the same sort of service. We count on it in similar ways and many could barely function without it. That was tested recently as both YouTube and Gmail went down.