Google, Gmail down; Twitter raging; where's Google outreach?

All Google services, from Gmail to Google Search to even the image of the official Google logo hosted on the part of their site for press use, are pretty much down and have been for the last 45 minutes. (UPDATE: After almost exactly one hour of outage, Google's back, at least in New York...

All Google services, from Gmail to Google Search to even the image of the official Google logo hosted on the part of their site for press use, are pretty much down and have been for the last 45 minutes. (UPDATE: After almost exactly one hour of outage, Google's back, at least in New York...and really fast, too.)

I was able to partially load some things, but not to the point of operation. And I'm hearing reports from around the world about the same thing.

And I can't help but thinking a few things:

1.) Isn't it painfully obvious that we all rely too much on Google? (How many of you went to Google.com to find out about the Google outage? Yeah.)

2.) Yahoo and Wolfram are having a good chuckle.

3.) With Twitter raging with comments and inadvertently indicating where there are outages, where the heck is Google outreach? Google's own Twitter account is silent ("It's Bay Area Bike to Work Day!") while "Gmail" is in the Top 5 topics on Twitter (and not for good reasons). I'm sure some of those 635,000 followers are interested.

4.) A little more proof that Twitter, of all things, is the scene of truly breaking news. Silicon Alley Insider's Nicholas Carlson on the latest #googlefail: