[box options]This is the forth post in the series “Social Media for Artists.” Social media shouldn’t be a drudgery–at its core, it’s communicating creatively. Today’s topic: video chat with Google+.[/box]
When Google+ made its debut on the social media scene, many thought it would overtake Facebook.
It hasn’t, and it probably won’t. It does, however, have a few features many creatives may find helpful for creative collobation for working with others online. Namely: hangouts.
The What and Why of Google+ Hangouts
Plain and simple, Google+ hangouts are video chats with a number of stellar features. Initially, hangouts allowed for nine other people to join, view, and chat.
Other options for video chatting include:
So why would anyone choose to video chat with Google+ over these other options?
Here’s a few reasons in 1 minute 27 seconds.
1. If you already have a Gmail account, you’re ready to go.
2. Click the “Start a Hangout” button.
3. Invite your cohorts to chat it up, collaborate creatively, or play with all the silly pirate hats, glasses, beards, and headbands.
The Biggest Bonus
Recently, video chats with Google+ got even sweeter with a feature called “Hangouts on Air.” By enabling this feature, your othewise private video chat with 9 other friends now goes LIVE to anyone who wishes to use it. Ustream killer? Maybe.
What makes it even sweeter is that when a hangout is ‘on air’ it’s automatically saved to your YouTube account (like the video above of me with the pirate hat).
Uses for Google+ Hangouts on Air might include:
- Hosting a virtual conference that you want to make available to others who couldn’t attend live.
- Tutorials on how to use software as you screen share (great for graphic designers and programmers).
- Collaboration on projects with team members from different locations, with the bonus of having the conversation recorded.
[box options]While you’re exploring Google+, go ahead and add me to your Google+ circle by clicking here. I’ve been doing weekly chats with producers, writers, actors, and other artists and would love to connect with you as well.[/box]
Have you tried video chat with Google+? Is it a Skype killer?