Did Gmail decide it was time to take a lunch break? The service has been having problems for the last 20 minutes or so, and a gander at Twitter indicates the impact is global. As we hit pub on this post, Gmail was currently back up and running, albeit at a glacial pace. But Gchat is still out of commission.
It’s not clear what caused the disruption. When the service initially went down, any attempt at opening emails was met with the message: “Oops… the system encountered a problem (#502).” We’re reaching out to Google and will update if we learn more.
Unfortunately Google Drive is still working, which means that even though you’ve lost the will to live, you can technically still work. Be on the lookout for assignments dispatched via carrier pigeon.