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Gchat outage sends frustrated users to Twitter to vent

The Google logo at the company's Manhattan offices

The Google logo at the company's Manhattan offices on Oct. 17, 2012. Photo Credit: AP

Google messaging application and beloved procrastination tool Gchat crashed around noon Monday, leaving people with the dilemma: Enjoy an uptick in productivity . . . or vent their frustrations on Twitter?

In droves, New Yorkers chose the latter.

"I could be productive, but many questions plague my mind: Have my friends had lunch? Where do I send gifs? Do I exist?" tweeted one user.

"'Gchat Down' was actually the original name for NBC's new show "Crisis," cracked another.

"Google Talk service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future," Google announced on its Apps Status Dashboard at 2:15 p.m. "Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change."

As of 3 p.m. on Monday, Google Talk, Google Sheets and Google+ Hangouts were all still listed as having "service disruption."

It could be worse, as one user tweeted: "If Gchat and Twitter are ever down at the same time, where will people go to complain?"


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