Second update: As of 3:20 p.m., Gmail appears to be back up and running.
Update: As of 3 p.m., Gmail appears to up sporadically. The App Status Dashboard shows Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Talk, Google Drive, Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides, Google Drawings, Google Sites, Google Groups, and G+ Hangouts all have “Service Disruptions.
Gmail users around the world are having trouble accessing their email and messenger services on Friday, as the service apparently crashed for millions of users.
Google’s own App Status Dashboard was reporting a “service disruption” around 2 p.m. Friday, as panicked users tried to find out why they cannot send or receive email.
“We’re investigating reports of an issue with Gmail. We will provide more information shortly,” the message posted on App Status reads.
TechCrunch reports that Gmail users in Europe, the U.S., Canada, India and beyond are affected. The Dashboard went from “Green” to “Red” and later to “Orange,” which indicates there was still a problem approaching 3 p.m. EST.
Google+ also appears to be affected.
In a troublesome coincidence, Google’s Site Reliability Engineering Team, tasked with making sure Google services stay WORKING, was conducting an AMA on Reddit shortly before Gmail went down.