At about 8:00 a.m. Pacific today, Google Calendar went down with a generic server error, amusingly displayed in 18 languages. VentureBeat staff members are seeing the service go in and out.
Sometimes, Google Calendar manages to load without a hitch. Most of the time, though, it ends up redirecting you to an “unavailable” landing page. Users have taken to Twitter and Facebook to complain about the outage.
The English error message reads: “Google Calendar is temporarily unavailable. Please try back later. In the meanwhile, you might find useful information on our Help Group and Help Center. We apologize for any inconvenience.” The other 17 languages attempt to say the same thing. We say “attempt” as the translations aren’t so smooth — maybe they were put together by Google Translate?
At the time of writing, the Google Apps dashboard doesn’t show any problems for Google Calendar.
We have contacted Google about the outage and will update you if we learn more.
Update at 8:30 a.m. Pacific: The Google Apps Dashboard is now showing that Google Calendar is experiencing a “service disruption” that began at 8:20 a.m. Pacific. Some Google Calendar users are seeing the service load, but it’s telling them “Oops, we couldn’t load your events, please try again in a few minutes.”
Update at 9:25 a.m. Pacific: Google says Calendar is now working fine “for some users” and that it expects “a resolution for all users” within the next hour, though that estimate may change.
Update at 10:25 a.m. Pacific: Google Calendar is back for everyone.
“The problem with Google Calendar should be resolved,” Google said. “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.”