Hangouts are by far my favourite feature on Google+. It can be a little intimidating to get started with hangouts. I suggest you join a few before you organize your own session and perhaps play around with a friend to get the “hang” of it.
If you aren’t on Google Plus yet, please go to my last post How To Get Started With Google+ where you will find simple instruction videos to help you through the process
As you can see in the video above there are a few things you need to do to get started:
Before you can join your first hangout you have to complete a few simple setup steps:
- You may have to download the Google+ Video Chat Plugin
- Review and agree to the legal terms that pop up
You are ready to hang out
Click on “Hang Out”
By default your video conversation can only be seen by you and the people that you invited. During the session you can keep adding more participants by inviting them. If you would like to stream your Hangout to your YouTube channel for others to watch (called “Hangouts On Air”) you have to verify your YouTube account.
Let’s try a Google Hangout live and in person!
To join a Hangout either go to your invitation or click on the “Hangout” button in the left sidebar. If you do this close to the start time of your hangout you should see it on the Hangout page
Are you ready to go? No? Ask your question in the comments.
Some technical hints:
- In larger hangouts you may need to mute your microphone
- Turn down your speakers or use headphones so there is no echo
Oh, and one more thing…… unless you turn off your video you are on camera – better make sure that you present yourself the way you want others to see you