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

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

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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?

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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.

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