A number of Google services, including Gmail, Google+ and Hangouts all took a nosedive Friday. Most services have returned for many after an outage that affected users around the globe.
Google+ is still "encountering a problem," according to an alert that pops up when a user tries to connect to it. In fact, Google+ appears to be the only service that hasn’t fully jumped back online.
TechRadar’s own checks have found Gmail, Hangouts, Calendar, Talk, Docs and Drive to be functioning normally.
According to Google’s App Status Dashboard, these services along with Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Sites and Groups all experienced service disruptions. As of 12:34 p.m. PST, only Google+ Hangouts had a orange dot next to it, indicating a disruption to service. All other services were accompanied by a "no issues" green dot.
Panic struck when Gmail was rendered "temporarily unavailable" for users everywhere, and many took to Twitter to gripe, poke fun and generally commiserate over the outage. The problem was so widespread, "#gmaildown," "Gmail" and "Google" became top trending topics.
Gmail service appears to be back up for most if not all users, though we will continue to update this story if the situation changes.
When asked for comment about the outage, Google replied that is is "investigating reports of an issue with some Google services," and recommended checking the Apps Status Dashboard for updates.
Rival services take advantage
Bemusedly, a number of competitors jumped on Google’s Friday flap to advertise their own services.
Yahoo’s Twitter account took it upon itself to inform followers of the outage, posting a picture of the error message. It later tweeted that the Yahoo Mail rival "appears to be working again."
Outlook’s microblogging arm blasted: "Service outages got you down? Give http://Outlook.com a try: http://www.tryoutlook.com."
Maybe Google just wanted us all to get a head start on the weekend?
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