Update 2: As of 2:52 service seems to be restored and reliable on both Gmail and Google+ for most of those affected. http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/24/gmail-goes-down-across-the-world/ This reflects the loss of quality all across the board on google products. Search and most of their products have gone downhill and their policies towards webmasters are more and more abusive, things will only get worse. We're seeing a shifting landscape in search folks. Pretty soon we'll see some real competition again.