PANIC: Gmail is down, according to perplexed Twitterers and HuffPostTech's own experience trying to access unresponsive accounts.
Google's App Status Dashboard, which offers the latest on outages and downtime for Google services such as Gmail, currently reports no unusual activity. The last "service disruption" registered by Google was four days ago, according to the dashboard.
Some users report that their Gmail accounts are accessible via mobile devices (i.e. Gmail's iOS app), though not via Gmail's website.
So far, there is no tweet from Gmail's Twitter account acknowledging the outage.
There are a few alternate ways to access Gmail besides its web interface, which you can read about on the blog Lifehacker.
Update 12:18 p.m. ET: Hooray! Gmail appears to be working again for HuffPost Tech.
Update 12:37 p.m. ET: Google's App Status Dashboard, the go-to place for learning about hiccups in the company's services, indicates that a "service disruption" occurred with Gmail on Monday.
Google wrote at 2:37PM ET:
On Monday, 10 December 2012, we experienced an issue with Gmail and some users experienced slow performance or errors. For everyone who was affected, we apologize - we know you count on Google to work for you, and we worked hard to restore normal operation for you. Although our engineering team is still fully engaged on investigation, we are confident we have established the root cause of the event and corrected it. Our current best estimate is that a significant subset of users' Gmail web queries were affected for an aggregate of 18 minutes, from ~08:54 - ~09:00 and then from ~09:04 - ~09:16 Pacific Time.
Earlier on HuffPost:
RT @ComedyCentral: We can tell Gmail is down because we just got a smoke signal from a Nigerian prince.
[In Focus] Google Shuts Down Gmail To Show Its Immense Power http://t.co/mhyKzw5s
GOOGLE (or at least gmail) IS DOWN. IT'S THE END OF THE WOOOOOOOOOORLD
GMAIL IS DOWN. APOCALYPSE.
Is GMail down? I'M NOT PANICKING BUT IS GMAIL DOWN
*insert something about Gmail-down-panic*
#Gmail is down... time to go curling!!!!!!
Gmail is down. Quick, everybody panic and freak out!
Good thing I had this cyanide capsule implanted in my molar for a day just like this when Gmail goes down.
GMail down! Mayan Calendar Countdown has begun! #endoftheworld
Eric Van Sickle
Mayans calling our bluff RT @GerdOzone: So Chrome has crashed twice in the last 10 minutes and GMail is down. Something is happening.
RT @uncutCG: Every now and then, I imagine #google likes to shut down #Gmail just to show us who's boss
Donald Wine II
RT @GarrettQuinn: Karl Rove is still insisting GMail is not down in Ohio.
RT @BuzzFeedAndrew: Gmail is down. Welcome to Obama's second term everybody.