How to Invite People and Start a Google+ Hangout
Google+ Hangouts is a way to interct with others online through video chat and advanced messaging; combining the typical messaging system with great features like voice, video, live broadcasts and web conferencing. A Google hangout party lets you connect through video and text as well as share YouTube videos and collaborate on documents.
To get started, you will need a camera and a microphone, a topic you want to share and a group of people to share it with.
Getting Started Options
There are several ways to start or join a hangout.
First Option: Start from your Google+ Profile.
Sign in to your Google+ account. You can sign up for a free account at Google.com
On your profile page, the Hangouts tab is on the top right of the page. Click the little green single speech mark to open a floating menu with the “+ New Hangout” field.
Fill in the information to get a list of your contacts and the people in your Google+ circles. Click on those you want to invite to your hangout. Next you’re given the option to start the hangout in text or video.
You then start typing in the box to send a message so the invitees know you have the hangout screen open.
[tip]Tip: You can turn a text hangout into a video hangout at any time. Just click on the video camera.[/tip]
Second Option: Start a hangout from someone’s profile.
On the person’s profile you can start a Google+ hangout by clicking on the “Say Hi to…” green box. This opens the hangout box on the right.
Third Option: Anywhere the green speech mark is.
This opens the text section of hangouts. Enter the information in the box for the “+new hangout” where it says “name, email, number or circle.” Choose who you want to invite.
Select the video icon for a video chat or the paper icon for text hangout. The icon turns green when you select it. Also a box opens calling the people you’ve selected for your hangout.
Fourth Option: From your Gmail account
In your Gmail account, you can click your photo icon in the chat list to open Hangouts.
Fifth Option: Start a party from a chat.
During the chat part of a hangout, you can start a party or video call by clicking on the camera at the bottom of the hangout section.
Sixth Option: Join an existing video.
When an existing video is already in progress, you can click the green camera icon to join the call already in progress.
Google + Hangouts Summary
We covered most of the topic, but it is a little too long so we will finish in our next post. See you then.