Today in news that could potentially rip apart offices and families: Gchat—the way all the cool kids interact post-college—glitched out this morning, sending users' messages to the wrong people. The issue began at 4:30 a.m. EST and continued for about three hours, affecting mostly Australians and the criminally sleep-deprived, but God only knows the problems that it must have caused to anyone unlucky enough to trust Google. Gchat is a bastion of shit-talking, a non-stop parade of venting and rumor-mongering. The one Gchat misstep, and jobs can be lost.
my gchats are going to multiple people when i try to gchat one person. THIS IS A TERRIFYING SITUATION.— laura royden (@roydraging) September 26, 2013
Google acknowledged the problem at 5:30 with this message: “At this time Google Talk is not functioning correctly and we are continuing to work to restore full functionality.” A spokesman later emailed BetaBeat to say, "There was an issue today that affected some people using Google’s instant messaging services. We have since identified the problem, stopped it from recurring, and are currently applying a fix. We’re very sorry to anyone affected … We aren’t commenting on the issue further at this time.” Whew.