Google's Gmail service went down Friday, taking some Google+ services along with it and forcing the world onto services like Twitter to complain.
Users who tried to access Gmail about 11:15 AM PT on Friday received the message at the top of the page: "We're sorry, but your Gmail account is temporarily unavailable," it read. "We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest trying again in a few minutes."
Gmail then referred users to the Google Apps Status Page, which confirmed the outage as of 11:12 AM PT. "We're investigating reports of an issue with Gmail," the message read. "We will provide more information shortly."
Google didn't confirm any problems with Google+ or its other services, but Google+ failed to load anything but the top index for this reporter, generating a "500" error. Google Drive worked normally on one occasion, but failed to load file names and images on a subsequent refresh. YouTube appeared to operate normally.
At press time, it was unknown how many users were affected by the outage. Google's Gmail has gone down before, with multihour outages in 2009 taking down the Webmail service at least eight times in nine months. In April 2012, a lingering Gmail outage that seemingly only affected a small percentage of the user base was confirmed to affect up to 10 percent of its users, which would have affected over 30 million separate accounts.
Naturally, users too to Twitter to complain, giving voice to comments like the one above. The irony of it all is that when the service failed, Google's site reliability team was in the midst of an "Ask Me Anything" session on Reddit. So far, every question on the AMA was about the Gmail outage--and the team had not responded to a single one.
Google representatives also did not immediately respond to requests for comment.