You all know I’m a huge fan of Google+, and one of the many reasons I love it is Google Hangouts. These group video chats – where up to ten people can video chat together for free – offer an amazing way to stay in touch with friends or get business done with people all over the world.
For months now I’ve coveted my friend Lynette’s access to an awesome feature of Google+ Hangouts, Hangouts on Air. This feature was rolled out last year but only made available to a select few, and allowed for up to ten people chatting like regular hangouts but also permitted broadcasting of the hangout, so hundreds or even thousands of people can watch them in progress, plus you can record them directly to YouTube.
Here’s what they say on the Google Blog.
Today we’re excited to launch Hangouts On Air to Google+ users worldwide. So if you have something to say—as an aspiring artist, a global celebrity, or a concerned citizen—you can now go live in front of a global audience. With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to:
- Broadcast publicly. By checking “Enable Hangouts On Air,” you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world.
- See how many viewers you’ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
- Record and re-share. Once you’re off the air, we’ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it’s easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it’s over.
Not only do the Google Hangouts offer fun ways to chat but they also have silly things like “hats” and other effects that you can play around with making your hangout rather hilarious.
I cannot wait to make use of the Hangouts on Air! What would you use it for?
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