You may have been experiencing issues with Google Talk this morning and that’s because Google had a “service outage.” Google explained this morning that they knew about the issue and were working as hard as they could to provide a fix:
“We’re aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 7:50 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.”
Around 11:30am EST they were able to provide a resolution for the issue:
“The problem with Google Talk 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. If you are still experiencing an issue, please contact us via the Google Help Center.”
I’m very glad Google is able to fix the problem speedily, but I’m expecting it to be down all day.