Google API Gone Gaga?

I use the Google web search API a lot in a certain application. It has been good as gold for ages but since the New Year it has gone ape. It works intermittently at best, and even putting a 60 second lag between queries does not seem to do any good. The infamous “502 bad gateway” error just keeps coming and the error count is increasing by the day.

At least a couple of posts on the Google APIs newsgroup suggest that I am not the only one having problems with it. However, the group is not very lively at the best of times! I’m a *huge* Google fan (how cool was today’s braille logo?), but it can be frustrating when you run into issues with their beta goodies, due to such limited support resources.

So if you have been having problems with the Google API or, even better, found a workaround please leave a comment! 🙂 Perhaps the poor old API just has the January blues like the rest of us…

Still, all the freebies are fabulous. I’m looking forward to tarting up my personal Google Homepage with some funky fruits of the newly released Google Homepage API. I might even tinker about with it myself if I’m feeling brave. 🙂

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  1. sorry mustap, i’ve never seen that. it’s pretty strange! nice blog you have there by the way…

    after being in bits for 4 days, less than 4 hours after this post the api was working better than ever (murphy’s law!) but it was broken again on friday. i hope it stabilises soon!

  2. I’m the webmaster for the “Website” link above… I get the same problem intermittently with our Google API search. Came across your blog while Googling the problem (ironically?). Argh!

  3. hi matt,

    well the main problem resolved itself for us early in january as i reported above, but i think everyone suffers a few bad gateways here and there – rather annoying! it would be nice if google gave the good old api some tlc to let it catch up with all their groovy new toys 🙂

  4. LOL that’s ok Matt – think my rigid design is more at fault 🙂 I hope you don’t mind me renaming your link text to conceal my dodgy coding!

    Thanks for letting me know about the workaround. I do tend to find that the gateway issue happens in bunches though i.e. when it strikes, it can take a bit to come back up again (15-30 minutes?). And since I figure the failures must use up your API keys, that could be an issue! 🙂

  5. aww that’s nice 🙂 i should warn you though, although i originally planned a tech blog, it has not turned out like that, probably because i’m so out of my depth – it’s mainly silly local irish stuff and shopping but i’ll try and do a few more web dev ones i promise. 🙂