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Google Hangouts

Fri, 09/20/2013 - 09:59 -- Technology
Google HangoutsPosted By: Jass To Technology

Google Hangouts: Beyond likes and comments!

Google has a track record of taking breakthrough steps that has given a whole new definition to internet, from search engine to social networking it has come a long way. Lately, it has added a new milestone to its achievements, i.e. Google Plus.  Google plus did not add much to Google’s success stories but its hangout feature is one of the most interesting features to be found on the social media today. Though facebook is magnetizing people towards itself because of the remarkable advancements brought about by Mark Zuckerberg recently, but this attractive Google hangout feature is giving cut throat competition to facebook.

Concept behind hangouts

Our business workloads and frantic schedules are increasing the space between us and are getting too much in the way of spending quality time with each other. These hangouts are virtual ways of connecting to people through video chat. The interesting fact about this feature is that more than 8 people can chat at a time. However, there have been certain additions done to make Google hangouts more than just a video chat. This allows you to text chat and watch videos together alongside the other windows. Not only just to hangout with friends, this feature can be used for business purposes as well.

As the matter of fact this feature has proven way too beneficial in business sector as well. Most of the business companies are already making use of this technology as video conferencing in workshops, sales meetings and seminars. Bureaucracy if amalgamated with technocracy can give your business a whole new angle of success so going away with your business without this feature is not a great idea.

Getting started with Google Hangouts

Before actually getting started with hangout, there are certain things you are required to do:

  • Check all the system compatibilities with the browser and the operating system.
  • Make sure that the plugin you have is the latest version.
  • Check your webcam is working well or not.

You can start hanging out by logging in with your Google plus account. First you are taken to a green room where you can set up the camera and add people to the chat groups.

  • Click start hangout.
  • Add people to circles you want to inform that you are hanging out.
  • Click hangout to start the hangout and you can invite more people to video chat after you get started.
  • You can invite 9 people in a single hangout.


It’s just not a video chat

Video chat is just one feature of Google hangouts, there is much more to it.

  • Sharing of settings

This feature can be of great use in online business meetings when say, you are required to share a document with all the participants. You upload the document on Google docs, share it with all the members and when the meeting is over all the members can still have access to that document. This document can later be downloaded and can be converted into any compatible format.

  • Sharing screen

This gives all the chat members the ability to view each other’s computer screen. To do this you have to share screen at the top of the screen. A window will pop out, choose the window you want to present and click share.

  • On air

Yes that’s right! Now you can chat from anywhere not only on earth but even while you are sitting in a plane. This is the most amazing part of hangouts.

With Google hangouts you can move ahead of status updates, likes and commenting. This is one of the best ways to make it even easier to connect to your loved ones in a fraction of seconds