Amit Fulay
9 months agoPublic
Live Q&A for Hangouts On Air: interact with all your viewers

With Hangouts On Air, you can take a group video call and broadcast it to the world. And we've seen everything from concerts to political debates to online classes share their conversations 'On Air.' What's been missing, however, is a way to interact with your live audience (vs. only the people onscreen). Not any more.

Today we're introducing Live Q&A for Hangouts On Air — the first of many features to help you engage with your viewers. If you’re hosting the broadcast, you'll now be able to:

- Solicit questions from up to a million concurrent viewers
- Select and answer questions live
- Timestamp the YouTube recording by marking questions as you answer them

If instead you're watching the Hangout On Air, you'll now be able to ask and vote on questions live, as well as replay the Q&A even after the broadcast is over.

We're rolling out Live Q&A over the next few days (fully on desktop, view-only on Android), so look for the new features the next time you start or watch a Hangout On Air. In the meantime, you can check out these examples to see how Live Q&A can enhance your broadcasts:

- Art and Inquiry by +MoMA Edu:
- Live Car Talk by +Scotty Kilmer:
- Sony vs. Nikon by +Trey Ratcliff:

Keep the feedback coming, and keep those broadcasts going!

#googleplusupdate #HangoutsOnAir
Ivano Forgione9 months ago
does this mean it is now available to anyone? :-D +6
Dori Storbeck9 months ago
Awesome update +Amit Fulay!!!!+5
Ray Hiltz9 months ago
This is huge. Thanks for the head's up, +Amit Fulay !+1
MoMA Edu9 months ago
It was great testing out this tool +Amit Fulay! Thanks for featuring the #ArtInquiry  HOA event. We loved using the tool & so did our participants.
Ricardo Blanco9 months ago
Awesome! Gracias
Awesome! Thank you
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Matthew Garbett9 months ago
+Gina Dionne this should be very useful!
Fraser Cain9 months ago
This is going to be great, I can't wait to use it.+2
Michael Mason9 months ago
Do we know when it'll be rolled out for general use...?
Jaana Nyström9 months ago
PING +David Kutcher +Mike Downes testing today? :-)+4
Derek Ross9 months ago
Thanks +Amit Fulay. This is an amazing update. As a HoA broadcaster, this is something I've wanted since day one!+1
David Kutcher9 months ago
+Jaana Nyström hopefully!+2
Carol Dodsley9 months ago
Ooh - looking forward to seeing this available in my Hangouts - +Jaana Nyström do you know if you can use this with embedded hangouts on your website too?
Jason Horejs9 months ago
Been waiting for this - now if you could add the ability for people to call in via webcam or telephone (without being guest in the hangout) you'd have a truly interactive product. Thank about it!+2
Carol Dodsley9 months ago
Now that would be really cool +Jason Horejs :)
Mike Downes9 months ago
+Carol Dodsley err like no.. not that far along thetrack.. Only works in the g+ stream+1
Carol Dodsley9 months ago
Thanks +Mike Downes - I thought that may be the case, need to have a play with it when it is rolled out to me so I can see how to best utilise it and share the benefits with my clients :)
Marilyn Kay9 months ago
Thanks +Amit Fulay and to +Carol Dodsley for sharing this awesome update. This is a game changer that's making me rethink a project I was about to abandon. Thanks again.
Ryan Lestage9 months ago
Hey +Major League Soccer Just an FYI for future on air hangouts!
Andrew Hatchett9 months ago
Can all those questions be saved somehow automatically? I know I could copy/paste before closing the Hangout but that is a hassle I'd rather do without.+2
Mike Downes9 months ago
+Andrew Hatchett they are saved to the Hangout On Air forever too , so never lost+1
Youssef Hachhouch9 months ago
Will there be moderation tools? I want to be able to fend off the inevitable trolls & spammers midst a potential crowd of 1 million. 
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+Amit Fulay fantastic stuff...
Does the YouTube Embed of the HOA show the Questions?
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+Amit Fulay will this tool be automatically showing up in people's HOA interface or how do they get it otherwise?
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+Youssef Hachhouch there is spam control for the host via the tool, yes.+1
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+Andrew Hatchett the questions are not easily taken from within the tool and added to a post or elsewhere, maybe in the future, but not now as I understand it. That is a great feature request that some have already asked for as well.
David Amodt9 months ago
Great addition. Great job
Scott Scowcroft9 months ago
+Amit Fulay This is a great addition to HOAs, and I bet that in 6- months G+'ers will have found uses for it beyond your wildest imagination today. Well, maybe not "wildest imagination," but you know what I mean.   :)+1
addo okoe akwetey9 months ago
Abied Mohammed9 months ago
Scott MacLeod9 months ago
Great to see that Q&A for Hangouts on Air can reach now concurrently 1 millions people plus more, with new developments ahead ... Great for World University and School, especially vis-a-vis the Conference Method ... ...  check out the 3 example, such as - ...  +1
Rob Cesternino9 months ago
Extremely excited to hear about this+1
Gloria Ragusa9 months ago
This does appear to be fun, but when does the public get to acknowledge a way for people in the writing arts and other advancements in the arts to be paid? or at the least to have doors open for either internship position or entry level positions in the field of writing?
James Fierce9 months ago
+Ronnie Bincer Did you ever get the answer to how to access the tool within an HOA? I don't see it...but perhaps b/c it hasn't been rolled out to everyone yet+2
Joseph DeFazio9 months ago
This could be an alternative to all those webinar software or a cool video version of Reddit's "AMA".+1
I'm about to sound stupid. I can't find your how-to do Google Hang-outs. Where do I go look?
James Fierce9 months ago
+Birthing Better With The Pink Kit  If you want to find out general info on hangouts check out +Ronnie Bincer He has a ton of how to hangout stuff in his posts+2
Thanks James ... I'm almost 70, Director of Trust and old dog learning new tricks here. Will take you up on this go find and seek. I'm on YouTube right now watching one thing. Have you used Hang-out yet?
James Fierce9 months ago
+Birthing Better With The Pink Kit Yes I'm actually starting up a weekly hangout in a couple of weeks. They are pretty easy to set up but there are definitely some quirks that take time to get used to. +1
Kurt Palmer9 months ago
+Karl Inger great news. Now if +Google Enterprise would allow hangouts to be recorded (directly) to YouTube or hangouts on air to be shared with a restricted audience, then it will be a great (corporate) training tool.
Daria Musk9 months ago
This is so exciting +Amit Fulay! Give yourself and the whole team hugs from me!! I can't wait to take song requests and think up tons of fun music applications for this :)+2
Gil Melo9 months ago
This will make life so much easier. Many times we get the questions on you tube after the show is done.+1
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+James Fierce no reply yet on when/how it shows up. I'm at a disadvantage there as I was part of the field test so I already had it before it went 'full public'.
James Fierce9 months ago
Hey +Ronnie Bincer I received it late this afternoon and happened across a HOA by +Chad LaFarge where he and others were giving it a test drive. Got to see the good the bad and the related to the product :) +2
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+James Fierce how did you 'receive it' was it just 'there in the left sidebar, or did you have to 'get it' somehow?
James Fierce9 months ago
It was in the left sidebar but I had to "activate" it before I could use it +Ronnie Bincer. +1
PR Doctor9 months ago
I'm hoping all those PR students who looked at me blankly in 2010, when I said they needed to get on board G+ are rethinking.+2
Nazia Hayat9 months ago
this is very interesting. Would the live Q&A work with the multi-person chat? +1
Business Hangouts9 months ago
Great news! This is a big step forward. Kudos to the Hangouts team and to Google.
+Youssef Hachhouch  with Q&A you can avoid spam. But if you want a more elaborated moderation tool, which can be turned on/off check out the +Business Hangouts app for Google Hangouts. +Joseph DeFazio , +Kurt Palmer  for a more Enterprise-friendly Hangout try +Business Hangouts  a great complement to Q&A.
Larschelby Kidd9 months ago
Blake Priddy9 months ago
You can also remote computers now.
luis nuñez9 months ago
Hello my friens
Hi are the questions integrated on screen? Watching a recorded hangout from link above (on mobile) I see the question displayed below the video. Is that how it looks on desktop? What about on the YouTube video page? Can u have same functionality there?
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+BBALLBREAKDOWN as this is the first rollout of the app it is not as advanced as it will be. The Screen shot shown above is how the Questions via Q&A app look to the viewers on Desktop browsers. And No, they are not part of the visible video when viewed on youtube... see this post of mine for some of the details: Q&A App - Questions and Answers HOA App Official Help Page (9/12/13)
+Ronnie Bincer thank you, sir. I will digest this ASAP +1
Yusra Rashaad9 months ago
Darryl Wattenberg9 months ago
We played with this during last week's +GeoGearHeads and loved it! We need to get a better feel for it and will be doing that this week when we do a "Randomize" show (where we handle several little topics from many sources). Is there a way we can pre-populate those questions from other sources? Near as I could tell we just had to login from a different account once the Hangout On Air started and copy-and-paste those in there.
Joe Rotella9 months ago
I think I'm lost. My viewers watch on YouTube and comment in the "live comment stream." Where do viewers to go to be able to watch and comment? YouTube is a cool distribution platform, and folks are used to going there - but it doesn't seem this integrates with it.
Kevin McNeese9 months ago
So where do people enter questions during the live hangout?+2
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+Kevin McNeese green button down at the bottom right of this post's picture. Or come visit this overview and see some explainer pics we shared here:
Kathy Shirer9 months ago
How do you post pictures from your Albums?
Jeremy Johnson9 months ago
+Ronnie Bincer I hosted a Q&A session last night during our weekly broadcast, and couldn't figure out how to block a certain user who kept clogging up the Q&A window with offensive comments. I know I can delete questions (which I did), but I didn't see a feature to block the user or otherwise mark him as a spammer. (I did block him on my personal account but that didn't seem to affect the HOA.)+1
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+Jeremy Johnson you should have had a way to mark the Q's from that user as "spam" via the Q&A app. (I think)
Jeremy Johnson9 months ago
+Ronnie Bincer did not see that option, though I frantically clicked around in an attempt to find it during the broadcast. I did see you could filter questions marked as spam, but cannot find a way to actually mark the questions as such. Delete was my only option.
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+Amit Fulay don't we have a way to mark a question as spam while it is live?
Andrew Hatchett9 months ago
+Jeremy Johnson For that type of user you don' want to block them or delete their messages- you want to delete the user themselves- at least I do!+1
Jeremy Johnson9 months ago
+Andrew Hatchett How do you delete the user? Keep in mind, this is a public HOA and we're just talking about the folks who submit questions via the Q&A app, not an actual participant in the broadcast.
Ronnie Bincer9 months ago
+Jeremy Johnson I think he was joking! ;-)
Andrew Hatchett9 months ago
+Ronnie Bincer , I was joking but there really SHOULD be a way to do it!  ;)+1
Claire Boyles8 months ago
Having used the Q & A feature on a live hangout on air on Friday, I'm now trying to find where the questions are saved to!  Any clues anyone?
Michael Mason8 months ago
They're in the replay stream, on G+.
Claire Boyles8 months ago
+Michael Mason on the event page in G+  ?  I can't see them!
Michael Mason8 months ago
Click the play icon in the middle of the video and if Q&A was running it will pop up with the video and questions.+1
Claire Boyles8 months ago
+Michael Mason Thanks Michael, I guess only Google knows why they'd want to hide it away inside the video... and not make it easily accessible.. +2
ROGER FANCHER4 months ago
Looks like a site about the site. Is this a qna forum itself as well? That's what I'm fishing for.
Kate Hutchinson4 months ago
I don't actually have the Q&A app available for my HOAs. Is there a way to enable it?