Edit: and it's up again already (at least for me). No more need to panic, people.
It was actually a few minutes for me. Although by the time I realised there were alternative search engines it was back.
Among the internet's many obsessions, watching MSFT fail must be near the top.
/me needs to reflect on life
Edit: Vancouver, Canada.
Edit2: 4:01pm PST and it is back for me, though isup.me still shows it as down
Edit3: Now when visiting Google.com, it redirects to google.com and appends "gws_rd=cr" to the end of the url . Didn't notice this before. Anyone else experience the same?
 More info here: http://webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/46591/what-does-g...
EDIT: canada as well.... Aaaaand it's back.
Same at http://www.isitdownrightnow.com/google.com.html
Also, this follows the Google DNS outage yesterday.
Much of the _web_, the internet is doing fine :)
How is it even possible for this (global blackout) to happen when the entire operation is highly distributed, both geographically and techically? I mean, even implementing a "red button to shut everything off intentionally" would be hard.
Config update error sounds like a good explanation but everything (mail, news etc) went down simulatenously and globally. Might be a global load balancer / routing configuration error though.
I'm also curious about the people involved. I mean, when I break something when say a couple hundred of people are online on our website, I panic a little. If I break Google, that'd cause a heart attack.
Anybody know anything about that?
EDIT: Seems to be backup. Wonder what caused the hiccup.
Edit: Seems to be back online although a little slow.
edit: Suddenly, I think twice, about my work living in the cloud. The pros and cons are too heavy to weigh right now.
--edit: now I can't access google.com either.
 And it's back up. I guess WWIII has not just begun.
Way to ruin my workflow, guys.
Nothing to see here guys.