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All of you first time Hangers Out, please read this!

10 tips that will make for a better hangout experience

1) Don't hide behind an image for your webcam: Why join a hangout if you're not going to allow people to see you? That's not the point of being in a hangout. It's all about connecting visually with others.

2) Listen and take an interest in the other people: Ask them to share something about themselves, people love to talk about their life, and we all are thirsty for attention.

3) Join the chat: Often someone may want to say something to you but doesn't want to interrupt the flow of conversation going on. It's important to join the chat.

4) Use the chat for links: Some of the most useful outcomes of hangouts have been all the shared links. Google should allow us to save these. For now, I copy and paste all the chat to review after the hangout. There is usually something I missed.

5) Invite just yourself to the chat: By inviting yourself, you will have a record of the hangout you were in, and who else joined you.

6) Ask others before you invite others: Don't just invite all your circles without asking everyone who has joined you. Hangouts are small and intimate spaces, so let others determine with you who should join. If you publish a public hangout, be forewarned, everyone in your circle and anyone else could drop in.

7) Share something about yourself: If you don't disclose anything about you and who you are, what's the point of being in a hangout? The point of hangouts is to be in community with others, that does mean taking a leap forward and taking a small risk.

8) Use the thumbnails to look up people: Going to people's profiles is a good way to learn about them and then starting a nice conversation about something they might be interested in. Or use the search on them.

9) Try not to interrupt! I was in a hangout yesterday with some fellow out of some remote place constantly interrupting everyone to find out if we could hear him. Try to find a good entry into the conversation to add your flavor to the hangout.

10) Finally, last but not least, keep your clothing on: Unless you are hanging out alone with your partner, people don't want to see you naked, no matter how good looking you think you might be. Well, even if you are alone with your partner, I don't think it's a good idea to get naked. Things could go wrong and someone could accidentally enter your hangout.


One last tip for those of you who want to start hangouts. The best way to start a hangout is to build a circle of people you know like to join hangouts. Then, just invite that circle to your hangout to get the hangout started. Once you have a small group of people, you can get everyone to invite their own hangout circles to grow the hangout.

Don't be a troll, don't be too drunk.
For males: Don't just chat up the pretty young things... :-)
Don't join a hangout just to listen in, you're taking a spot from someone who'd like to participate in the conversation.

Anything you'd like to add?


(Naked Troll)  h/t +Axel Kratel
Gopi Nath's profile photoDebbie Stephens's profile photoKevin Massie's profile photoJaana Nyström's profile photo
Hi +Jaana Nyström I keep looking at these hangouts that are happening, and while on the one hand I'm interested to join one, on the other hand I confess to being too nervous to try it.
I don't have any of my friends on G+ - they're all still way too hung up on Fb, so I'm here building my own network alone.
What do you say to people who feel like I do please?
+Debbie Stephens It depends on the person of course... :-)
No, seriously: I recommend just jumping in! For the first, you must circle more people, at least 500.
What are your interests? Try a search on Google+ with the key words. You will get suggestions from G+ as to people and posts from people who are interested in same. Then just get your circling motion going.
Or you could just save a shared circle like I wrote on this post:
More info on how to plunge in Google+:

I already shared two great circles privately with you, hope that helps for now!
Save this search: #G+Tip and visit it every now and then, loads of helpful posts for Goobies or newcomers! :D
That's awesome - thank you Jaana. I have saved both of those circles and will gather the courage to join a hangout soon. ;)
I am SO out of touch lol. I didn't know there WERE hangouts until now.
For all of you first time Hangers Out, please read this! Yesterday there were so many people dropping in as black boxes and not saying a word, again...
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