No need to rush off to reset your router: Google Talk is indeed down. The vast majority of users are seeing downtime with Google’s chat service, although the cause of the outage hasn’t yet been determined, and Google isn’t sure when everything will be fixed either. Taking to its status page, Google recognizes that there is a “problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users.” Users can apparently periodically access the service, but occasionally get error messages and failed message attempts.
Google Talk has been down for most of the morning, and it looks to be an extended outage given Google’s service updates. The company is actively looking into the issue, with its most recent update reading, “We are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update ... detailing when we expect to resolve the problem.” The next service update is scheduled to come in the next half hour.
In the meantime, keep checking Google’s status page, and rest easy in the knowledge that there’s a whole wealth of other messaging options available to help you keep in touch. Heck, you could even break the habit and spring for one of those old fashioned phone calls. We’ll update this article as more information becomes available about the outage.
UPDATE: Google is still trying to get to the bottom of things: "Our team is continuing to investigate this issue." Another update will come in an hour.
UPDATE II: Google says that Talk has been "restored for some users," and that everyone else should be good to go "in the near future."
UPDATE III: Everything should be back to normal: "The problem with Google Talk should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support."