UPDATE 3:45 p.m.: TechCrunch reported that the Facebook outage lasted about 15 minutes. CNET has promised updates.

UPDATE 3:25 p.m.: It’s been a tough day for tech giants. First Gmail went down this morning, then Facebook users began reporting outages on that site at about 2:45 p.m.

Facebook’s outage sparked its own flood of memorable Tweets.

UPDATED 10:25 a.m.: From Google:

The problem with Google Mail should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

UPDATED 10:09 a.m.: There have been some blog posts and Tweets about problems with other Google services today. Google reports that an issue with Drive, its file-storage service, has been addressed.

UPDATE 9:54 a.m.: Google just emailed us this very brief statement: “We are currently experiencing an issue with some Google services. For everyone who is affected, we apologize for any inconvenience you may be experiencing.”

Original post:

Gmail – Google’s popular email app – has been experiencing outages this morning. At 9:30 a.m. Google updated its dashboard showing the performance of its services to note that it was “investigating reports of an issue with Google Mail.”

It has served as inspiration for some funny Tweets…

The Onion also has, um, coverage:

What Happens on Twitter When Gmail and Facebook Go Down 10 December,2012

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