Interacting On Google+ Hangouts
Interacting on Google+ Hangouts is the main reason many people use the program. Interacting can be done in different ways. You can talk live on video or chat in the chat pane. You can share documents and other videos as well. Besides being invited, finding Hangouts to join can be done in different ways.
Once you begin broadcasting your Hangout appears in your stream. You want people to link to the post that has the Hangout so they can post comments, give their feedback and basically have everyone in the same location.
Now it’s time to start talking. Whether you are using the hangout for business or just for fun, you should tone your style to the type of hangout it is. A business hangout is going to be a bit more formal than a personal one.
Make sure your webcam and microphone are connected correctly. Do some prep work before the hangout so you know what you are going to be talking about. It’s fine to have some notes but keep it natural.
When you don’t know the people you are hanging out with, begin by saying hello to the group. Let them know you’ve joined them in the room. Don’t forget to unmute your microphone by clicking the mic button in the corner of the window.
Let everyone know where you’re from or the type of business you are from. Often this is the second question you get asked when you’re in a Hangout since people love to connect with others from around the world.
Take a few minutes to listen to what everyone is chatting about and then participate in the conversation.
The bottom pane on your Hangout window shows those who are connected to your Hangout. On the right pane you see the text chat window.
Using the Chat
In the Hangout chat you can talk to your fellow Hangouters through text messages complete with emojis, through video chat or with photos.
Texts will scroll into the pane in real time. Google Hangouts keeps an archive of each of your conversations so you can continue to have conversations for a long time.
Text chat is easy to use. It’s basically the same as text messaging on your smartphone. Simply type in what you want to say and hit enter. The text chat is located on the right side. If you don’t see it you can access it by clicking on the chat button on the left pane of your hangout window. In the text chat pane you can type in questions, chat with other members and share content.
You on camera video conversations can be with up to 10 people. A person talking on video chat shows up on the screen while the others in the call are shown in the boxes along the bottom of the window until they are speaking.
Try to take turns talking in an orderly way. Otherwise it gets a little jumbled sounding to the rest of the viewers. The quality of the call will vary due each person’s internet connection.
The history for each chat is on by default in hangouts. It can be turned off by the user left on for each individual chat. However, if history is off it isn’t stored for future access.
Finding Hangouts to Join
There are several ways to find a hangout to join. Visiting sites like http://gphangouts.com/ and http://www.google.com/+/learnmore/hangouts/schedule.html will bring up hangouts that are happening now as well as upcoming Hangouts.
GPhangouts is a directory of Hangouts while the Google.com/+/learnmore/schedule is upcoming Hangouts.
This link http://www.youtube.com/results?filters=live&search_query=%23hangoutsonair+%22hangouts+on+air%22+%23hoa&lclk=live to YouTube lets you filter the Hangouts that are currently running or have run in the past.
Google Hangout Tips
Try not to look down at the bottom of the screen where the faces are.
Try not to move around too much. But don’t sit so still it looks like you are a stone statue.
Remember to unmute your mic when you speaking. If there are several in the Hangout, you’ll automatically be muted.
Don’t leave without saying goodbye. Also don’t ask a question then leave. People will notice.
Capture images of things that others display during a hangout by clicking on the Capture button in the left menu. It brings up a Camera icon that takes a screen shot of what you want to save.
Privacy issues On Google+ Hangouts
Your Hangout notifications appear in other participant’s Streams. People you don’t know could see it.
Anyone can post a video in a Hangout. These may not always be appropriate for your group. Hangout does have settings to prevent any unwanted viewing.
Click on the YouTube button to share videos. Videos are added to the hangout playlist and played for everyone. The blue “Add videos to playlist” button lets you search for YouTube videos you want to add.
Interacting with others during a Google Hangout can be done through video and text chat. The hangout experience is more rewarding when you participate fully, are friendly and courteous. Using the text chat is easy for most users. Remember to unmute your microphone when you are talking on video and to mute when you aren’t so any typing or background noises on your end don’t bother others.