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google plus hangoutIf you’ve been on the Internet recently, the chances are good you may have heard of Google+, the hottest social network to come out since Facebook’s arrival in 2004. Google+ has been generating a lot of buzz and everybody has been signing up to see what all the hype has been about. It still remains to be seen whether or not Google+ will be able to rival juggernaut Facebook (it’s still way too early in the game) but so far they’re off to a good start, amassing some 18 million users in such a short period of time.

One of Google+’s most talked about features is Google Plus Hangouts. Not sure what that is? In this article, I’ll show you what Hangouts are on Google+ as well as show you a new way of finding public ones that you can enjoy and use with others.

What Is Google+ Hangouts?

If you’re still new to Google+ (there’s a good chance you are), you may not have seen the Hangouts feature yet, which is basically just a really cool group video chat setup for you and others.

Bumping into friends while you’re out and about is one of the best parts of going out and about. With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let buddies know you’re hanging out and see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat. Until we perfect teleportation, it’s the next best thing.

Hangouts is touted as the best free video conferencing solution out there because – like most of Google’s products – it’s clean, simple, and easy to use. From what I’ve heard around the interwebs, you’re more likely to experience problems because of your slow Internet connection than because of the tool itself.

If you’d like to learn more about Google Plus Hangouts, check out this short YouTube video from Google:

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One possible issue with Google+ Hangouts however, is the issue of getting people you know to participate all at the same time. This can be explained by the service still being new and all, but what if you want to hang out now? GPhangouts can help you with this.

What Is GPhangouts?

GPhangouts offers a way for you to connect with other Google+ users in public Hangouts, as well as share ones of your own. On GPhangouts, you can join any Google+ Hangouts that you’re interested in to begin video chatting with others.

google plus hangout

The site shows when the Hangouts are starting and – if there are any – topics that are to be discussed. Just click through to the Google+ user profile associated with the Hangout you want to join and then the Join this hangout button at the specified start time.

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As I stated before, you can also add your own public hangout to the listing if you like.

Conclusion

GPhangouts has a kind of a Chatroulette feel to it, which isn’t a bad thing (I know what you’re thinking!). In a sense, you will likely be video chatting with “strangers” – as in, people you don’t know – on GPhangouts, but it will be around the topics you choose and everyone involved will have a Google+ account, so I don’t see any real issues there. Enjoy!

Are you jumping on the Google+ bandwagon?

  1. hangoutsfinder
    July 31, 2011 at 2:26 am

    I'd recommend giving hangouts finder a try too :)

    http://hangoutsfinder.com

    • Steve Campbell
      August 8, 2011 at 6:29 pm

      Thanks for sharing this!

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