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.
Google+ Hangouts Information
Describe the gathering and invite people
Once the hangout is ready to start, you are prompted to enter a description of the event and add people to your invite list. Your description is what is sent to those you invite.
You can restrict the call to users 18 and over.
In a text chat hangout, you are allowed up to 100 people. On a video hangout the limit is 10 people. Corporate accounts can have up to 15 people.
The dropdown on your Hangouts page shows people in your circles. You can click a certain group or all of them. To block some of them, click the customize button.
To add specific people, simply type in their name or email address and then click to send an email to invite them to your hangout.
In your Google home page you can click on a person’s face to invite them to your hangout – once you are in your hangout.
1) Scroll through your Hangouts list.
2) Search Google+ circles using the search box at the top of your Hangouts list.
3) Click on the +button at the top of the Hangouts list to type in a name, email address or a phone number.
Once you find people, click the check mark box next to a name to add them to the invite list.
When you are ready, click the text message or video call button to begin your Hangout.
You can begin chatting immediately as long as your webcam is configured correctly. The bottom of the Hangout window shows your attendees. The right side has the text chat area. On the left is the options pane.
When you are finished with the Hangout, simply click the Exit button in the top-right corner to close out the meeting. This icon looks like a phone that is being hung-up.
Google+ Hangouts Tips:
[tip]You can have a fixed, non-changing URL for your Hangout which allows for easy access and the ability to create your hangout using Google Calendar. Simply click on the link that says “add video call” in the calendar. Save your choices and the URL embedded will be a permalink. Copy and paste it into your calendar appointment for easy access to send to others you want to invite who might not be on Google Plus.
The green speech mark at the upper left of your Google Plus screen brings your hangout box back if it disappears.
Be friendly and courteous when on a hangout. Let people know where you are from.
Engage in the topic and listen to others as well.
Google Hangouts is like visiting friends on the front porch of your home. It’s a way to hang out with friends or colleagues through video or text, to have fun and share videos, collaborate on projects and learn from each other.[/tip]