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Google Docs and Gchat down, productivity plummeting

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Updated: 9:58 a.m., 10:28 a.m. Pacific

Google has just restored service.

Google Docs and Gchat were both working intermittently, if not completely down, for at least two hours today.

Google’s own App Status Dashboard has only just begun to show a status issue for Google Talk, but I’ve been experiencing downtime on Google Docs for over two hours.

google apps status

As of almost 10 a.m. Pacific, Google is now showing an issue on its Apps Status page. Apparently the outage is primarily affecting Sheets, not all of Google Docs. Google also is showing a partial outage, not a full and complete failure:

google docs outage

Meanwhile — predictably — Twitter is blowing up about the outage, with one person showcasing the result on his productivity by linking to an animated GIF prominently featuring the word “nothing.”

Relying on the cloud for productivity solutions does have its dangers. A Google Docs outage may not be the end of the world, but some are claiming fairly serious impacts — at least with their tongues firmly embedded in their cheeks.

VentureBeat has asked Google for an update on the status of those two apps. We’ll update this post when we hear from Google. The last tweet on the Google Drive account on Twitter is an ominous one, in retrospect:

Perhaps it’s all that new capacity that’s causing the problem?

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Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major glob... read more »

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