It seems after a day of advancements and new UI components for their Map application and Google+ application, the team at Google are having some issues with their networks.
 
Reports came flooding in from Readers as both Google Apps and Gmail users are currently unable to access their email accounts due to an email IMAP account issue. IMAP, as many of you know, is a key component that allows users to synch third party services with their prefered email client.
 
When trabeling to the The imap.gmail.com site, you will will get a timeout error after the server failes to connect. Regilar Gmail access through mail.google.com seems to be working just fine. You can stay updated by checking in with Google’s official support page on Twitter (which is being overrun with callouts from annoyed users.
 
more info: @gmail