Google+ goes TITSUP. But WHO knew? How long? Anyone ... Hello ...

Wobbly Gmail, Contacts, Calendar on the other hand ...

A boat full of Fail

A number of Google services including Gmail, Contacts, Calendars, Chat, Drive and, er, Google+ suffered a midweek sag this morning just as Brits were downing their first cups of coffee.

The ad giant's network appeared crippled to some users within the last hour.

Register reader John told us that lots of different Google services had buckled at around 8.30am.

He kindly sent us some screengrabs to illustrate the cockup.

A miserable-looking Google+

Pah! Contacts? Who needs 'em?

Google has already coughed to network disruption on its Apps Status Page. Users of its webmail were told at 9.13am:

Gmail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users within the next 1 hours [sic]. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

Six minutes later, the search beast added:

The problem with Gmail 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.

Similar updates were posted for Google's other affected services.

Google Chat was speechless this morning

But Google is yet to reveal what caused its network to have a little lie down today. Naturally, we requested a statement from the company. However, it simply told us the problem had now been resolved.

The outage appeared to have begun with Google Drive, which went titsup in the early hours of this morning.

Upon fixing the Drive glitch, other Google services then turned decidedly wobbly. A bit like plugging a single hole in a bucket, only to find loads more leaks. Oops. ®

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