Google Talk, aka Gchat, Goes Down for a 'Majority of Users'

More

Google has confirmed that the popular Google Talk service has been unstable this morning.

google_talk_large.jpg

Every morning at the Atlantic Tech, we begin our day with a little huddle over Google Talk, more commonly known as Gchat. But maybe not today. Google is confirming an outage with the service, beginning around 6:40 EDT this morning. They said on their App Status Dashboard:

We're aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 7:50 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.

An update is expected shortly.


Update 8:59 AM: A new post on Google's Dashboard provides little new information and no estimation for when the service will come back online. They said their team is "continuing to investigate this issue" and that another update will be provided within the hour.

Update 10:02 AM: Another hour, another update. Still no news. We've decamped to Skype.

Update 11:04 AM: Google says that the Talk service "has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change," which is funny because why hedge on "near future"? But nevertheless, yay. Now back to your gchats.

Update 11:37 AM: And now Twitter is down! Seriously, what is up with today?

Jump to comments
Presented by

Rebecca J. Rosen is a senior editor at The Atlantic, where she oversees the Business Channel. She was previously an associate editor at The Wilson Quarterly.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

What Is a City?

Cities are like nothing else on Earth.


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Technology

Just In