Prevent your next Gmail blackout – Get a free year of Backupify

backupify gmail promoMonday is arguably the least popular day of the week. Today, Gmail is definitely not helping the issue. Over the weekend, several hundred thousand Gmail users saw their accounts reset, which is the technical term for “losing everything that was in your Gmail account prior to Feb. 27.” This follows on last week’s news of Google calendar mysteriously deleting appointments and events. At the time of this writing, at least 150,000 Gmail users are still without data, an improvement over the 500,000 or so that were wiped out on Sunday, and Google promises the remainder will eventually get their data back.

So how could Google let a half million users lose their data in the first place? The answer lies in how Google described the problem initially: “0.29% of Gmail users” experienced a “service disruption.” Less than one-third of 1% of all Gmail accounts got hit by the data purge. From a top-down-perspective, you’d be hard-pressed to complain about 99.71% data integrity. The issue with Google — as always — is scale. When you have 180 million Gmail users, even a statistically small data loss or service outage can result in a mid-sized city’s worth of Gmail accounts being deleted.

For those affected, however, the statistical rarity of their bad luck is cold comfort. 500,000 is roughly the population of Toledo, OH, Grand Rapids, MI, Fresno, CA or Raleigh, NC. It may be only a fraction of a percent in objective Gmail numbers, but we promise losing Raleigh or Grand Rapids (or even Fresno) is still a serious loss.

Imagine your entire Gmail history disappearing. All the attachments you store in your account, gone. The contact list that drives your business, deleted. The communication history you’re required to preserve, erased. The memories and messages that stretch back years, gone in a moment — with only Google’s goodwill and promise that they might return.

At Backupify, we hate to see anybody go through that kind of trauma.

So Backupify is going to do something about it.

From now until 11:59pm Eastern time on March 1, Backupify is giving away a free year of Backupify Pro 100 service to anybody who asks for it.

No joke, no strings attached. Backupify for Gmail archives your complete Gmail history — all the messages, attachments, contacts, labels and communication history that makes your account indispensable. The next time Gmail goes down, your Backupify account has your data at the ready — and you can restore it with a single click. Backupify for Google Calendar archives your complete calendar history, including the past and future appointments you can’t afford to forget. The next time Google Calendar flakes out, you can doublecheck your schedule with your Backupify backups.

With a Backupify Pro 100 account, you get all that and more. That’s 20 GBs of total storage for up to 25 service accounts — including Gmail, Google Calendar, Facebook, Twitter, Google Docs and up to 5 users on your private Google Apps domain — free until March 1, 2012.

Just signup for a free trial of Backupify Pro 100 and use the promo code savegmail. We’ll upgrade you to a free year of Backupify Pro 100 service after you sign up. It’s that simple. But you have to sign up by midnight Eastern on March 1, 2011.

(Note: This promotion has now ended)

Google is good for 99.7% of its users. For the unlucky victims of Google’s margin of error, Backupify is here to pick up the slack. Don’t let the next Gmail outage lottery strike you. Start your free year of Backupify today.

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33 thoughts on “Prevent your next Gmail blackout – Get a free year of Backupify

  1. We will upgrade your account if you email support@backupify.com, giving them the email address you used to signup, mentioning this promo and the code.

    It may take up to 48 hours for your account info to be updated but we will do so for you :)

  2. What happens after the one year trial expires? Can you downgrade to a free 2gb account, or does everything get deleted if you decide not to continue at the paid price?

  3. In the event you decide not to continue your Backupify Pro 100 service, we’ll assist you in exporting your Backupify archives. It’s not really practical to “downgrade” to a Backupify Personal plan as Pro 100 users have access to more storage space and account backups than Backupify Personal allows.

  4. Nice, thanks for the free offer. I’ll stick with backing up my Gmail locally, though, I don’t see the need to trust a company I don’t know with all of my e-mail (yes, I obviously had to trust Google, but the more copies of the data that exist out there, the more likely it could be compromised). I’ll use your service to back up public cloud data like Twitter, though.

  5. Oh no. Am I too late? I just heard about Backupify from Lifehacker’s GMail outage article and wanted to be proactive about not loosing my data. It’s 2:42 Eastern on Marsh 1st :(

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  7. When does this really expire, midnight as March 1st becomes March 2nd or midnight when February 28th became March 1st? Could be understood both ways, hoping for the March 1st becoming March 2nd since I could not sign up until today!

  8. Whenever I see services like backupify where you feed it all your worldly passcodes and let it backup all your worldly digital possessions, I put on my tinfoil hat and think to myself, “If I’m the CIA / FBI / KGB / NSA / MIB / Mafia / Illuminati / whatever, this is just the kind of service I would start to get a huge treasure trove of information from worldwide users”.

  9. First, wherever possible we use Oauth so we’re NOT storing your login credentials. Second, short of a subpoena, we aren’t handing over anybody’s data. Backupify is no more a datamining risk than any of the other services out there and, quite frankly, at least with us you know 100% of the information that’s stored in your account. Lots of other cloud services aren’t as forthcoming.

  10. So long as your Backupify signup occurred within the promo period, we’ll honor the free year. You can add and verify Gmail when and if the account comes back online.

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