[Updates Below] No, it isn't your imagination. Gchat (or Google Talk if you must) is having some serious hiccups today. Which is a problem both for the millions who use the popular Google service to waste their work hours chatting with their buddies and those who actually use the service to, y'know, chat with their co-workers. Google says it is working on it.

The search giant first officially recognized the problem around 6:40 a.m. and then, ten minutes later posted that "We're aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior." At of 8:50 a.m. they updated to say "Our team is continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 9:50 AM with more information about this problem. Thank you for your patience." Is it 9:50 yet?

In the meantime, how are you handling the downtime? Here at Gothamist HQ we've discovered that "chatting" is something you can do IRL—who knew?—but that it also isn't very useful for passing links. For that we've got a group of interns running around in circles picking up and dropping off slips of papers with URLs on them... But these weak millenials aren't accustomed to this kind of communication and already starting to get "tired." Seriously, Google, fix this please!

Update 10:10 a.m. EST : At 9:50 a.m. EST Google said "We are continuing to investigate this issue. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 10:50 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem." Gchat service appears to now be working for some people—but not everyone. Is it back for you?

Update 11 a.m. EST: At 10:50 a.m. Google updated to say that "Google Talk service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change."

Update 11:25 a.m. EST: According to Google, everything should be back to normal now. THANK GOD.