How to Start a Google+ Hangout

Google+ Logo (Google Plus Logo)Google+ makes group video chat simple and easy with its Hangout feature.

In the last post we looked at circles, the way to organize the people in your life on Google+. Now we’re going to look at a very cool way to connect with those people.

One of the most intriguing new features of Google+ is the Hangout; simply put the group video chat feature.

To start a Hangout just look for the button in the right column of your Google+ page. Once clicked you’ll be able to open your Hangout to people in your circles.

I’ve found that if you’re in the middle of a chat with them G+ will automatically send them the invite via chat, but if not it may only appear in their stream.

The quality is comparable to Skype. I’ve had a few Hangouts, and sometimes the audio and video was good, other times there were echoes and the video was more like an 8-bit video game.

While pants are optional for a Hangout, I strongly recommend a shirt.

I’ve created a video called How to Start a Google+ Hangout that you can watch at YouTube if you can’t see it below.

Rich Brooks
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4 Responses to “How to Start a Google+ Hangout”

  1. Mauricio

    I am trying to find out how to use google+. Thanks for sharing this.  It made me understand something, and it is that I never knew before.

  2. Dwightokita

    I still find Hangout very confusing.  Why don’t they have any instructions on the site?
    I get confused who to invite people to the Hangout.  How to add people to the circle.  Do you add by name or email?  THere’s no info anywhere.

  3. Aliasgar Babat

    I frequently use Google+ hangouts for social & personal interactions. For business meetings, security is top priority for me; hence, I have switched over to RHUB web conferencing servers.