The Google Talk service is unavailable to many users this morning, leaving the Gchat-dependent fiending for a fix.
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Google Talk, aka Gchat, Goes Down for a 'Majority of Users' – The Atlantic http://t.co/EljDKlno
— Dina Fraioli (@DinaFraioli) July 26, 2012
Gchat is down. I feel so disconnected! 🙂 I don't think I've ever seen a widespread gchat interruption before this…
— bluemoon (@bluemoondc) July 26, 2012
The heck fire is wrong with my gchat??!?
— sarah (@mamaswati) July 26, 2012
Apparently I'm the only person I can gchat with today.
— Ben Howe (@BenHowe) July 26, 2012
Maybe there’s a bright side?
PSA: Now is a good time to Gchat someone you don't actually want to talk to, because then you can say, "but I Gchatted you!"
— Rachel Sklar (@rachelsklar) July 26, 2012
Google is providing updates on the outage via the Apps Status Dashboard. The latest update was issued at 8:50 a.m. EDT:
Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 9:50 AM with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience.
Gchat users feared they might have to kick it old school today:
Quick! What's everyone's ICQ number? #gchat
— J.S. Campbell (@JefferyCampbell) July 26, 2012
Dammit, Gchat, you've forced me to resort to… AIM. *shudder*
— Ellie Krupnick (@elliekrupnick) July 26, 2012
Gchat's down. If you need me try facebook, twitter, linkedin, my__, g+, livejournal, skype, carrier pigeon, singing telegram, or texting.
— Colin Joliat (@Boozist) July 26, 2012
Carrier pigeon? Shudder. That’s really old school.
— Fawn (@fawny517) July 26, 2012
A glimmer of hope on this dark, dark day: the service seems to be back up for some users.
Well my gchat just came back.
— Andrew Staroska (@astaroska) July 26, 2012
One friend is on GChat, could it be coming back?!
— Ken Goyette (@kgoyette) July 26, 2012
Watching gchat slowly come back, I feel like Gene Wilder in "Young Frankenstein". Live! Liiiiivvvvve!!!
— Howard Moon (@moonmoney77) July 26, 2012
Now if you’ll excuse us, we have to get back to frantically refreshing our Gchat.
Update, 9:50 a.m. EDT, via the Apps Status Dashboard:
We are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 10:50 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem.
Update, 11:25 a.m. EDT:
The problem with Google Talk should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.
Does this mean we have to let the carrier pigeons go? We were getting kind of attached.