Tip 11/50: Host A Google+ Hangout
Hangouts is like Skype on steroids. They are one of the most defining and talked-about features of Google+. Are you using them?

Hangouts are multi-user video conferences but is much more than just for catching up with friends and colleagues around the world (although this can be particularly useful!) and can be utilised on both desktop and mobile. 

Their real strength lies in the fact that 10 people can simultaneously discuss a topic through the medium of video (while infinitely more can watch and comment) with the finished footage being easily uploaded to YouTube so that it can be found and watched by others for all eternity. This can be great content for your blog/site.

Beyond socialising, this unique functionality opens up a raft of possibilities for groups and businesses such as demonstrating new products, teaching (such as live cookery shows), and wowing customers with live personal customer service! 

In fact more and more innovative uses for Hangouts are being thought up all the time like these 12 by +Stephan Hovnanian(http://bit.ly/1f1ENff) and these 6 covered by +Fi Dunphy for +branded3 (http://bit.ly/1kkqF7d).

Things I like about Hangouts:
► All discussions are recorded and can be watched back at another time - and can even be published for the internet to see via YouTube
► You can start a hangout with anyone quickly through Google+ and Gmail
► Anyone with a computer and most mobile/tablet devices can join in a Hangout

If you want to learn more about the power of HOs and how to set one up I highly suggest following and perhaps interacting with +Ronnie Bincer as he is to my mind (and many others) at the forefront of Google Hangouts. 

This is just one of many Google+ tips, you can find more tips like this from the #googleplus50 series here: http://www.rickeliason.com/things-to-do-on-google-plus/


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