You’re not imagining things. Shortly before 2 p.m. ET on Friday, Gmail service (along with Gchat and Google Hangouts) went down, leaving millions of Americans staring at their computers and phones and wondering how in the world they were going to survive the remaining hours of the work week without complaining over Gchat to Mark in accounting about how stupid their new boss is. UPDATE: As of 2:25 p.m., Gmail service is slowly returning to users. We appear to have made it through this brief national crisis.
Interestingly enough, the Gmail/Gchat/Google+/Hangout crash happened at almost the same exact time as Google’s Reliability Team was doing an Ask Me Anything on Reddit.
Meanwhile, we found this news report from the world’s most trusted source for the truth:
Google Shuts Down Gmail For Two Hours To Show Its Immense Power