As I described in my post on my initial Google Hangout Experiment getting started was not easy. After taking a closer look at what went down I realized I was trying to do to much at once.
You see, I installed a brand new browser (chrome) for the hangout so that I could use the Google Chat and Hangout Notification Extension, which was the reason for most of my problems…
This time I didn’t try to change quite so many aspects of my experience… I remained using my trusty Firefox browser (yeah I know this may upset Chrome lovers), but I am used to using Firefox, and my previous attempt to try a hangout using a brand new browser was bound for added frustration and failure. Admittedly I do not have a cool sound notification of a hangout, but I can live without it…
Perhaps another big difference changing my hangout experience altogether was the fact that the hangout described below had to do with doing – utilizing a Google Plus Hangout to work!
Here is my Second Review of my Google Plus Hangout Experience
I scheduled a hangout with a new Google Plus friend of mine Yifat Cohen. Yifat is a fantastic example of an early Google Plus adopter and is also known as The Google Plus Go to Gal.
Now Yifat is about to publish a book on Google Plus. As a bestselling Kindle author I offered to help Yifat with her publishing journey and so we began to hang out.
My experience this time around was different, in fact it was much closer to my Skype experience yet even better and here is why:
The Penny Dropped – I Finally Get Google Plus
There is a huge advantage to using the Google Plus platform.
During our hangout, Yifat and I were able to work on a Google Document together, share our screens in turn and even provide each other with text info in the chat screen – All within the hangout!
It was a very effective use of our time!
- There is no way to go back and view the text entered in a hangout chat – make sure you copy anything important into a text file.
- I encountered problems recoding a hangout with Camtasia (for most of us who don’t yet have Hang Outs On Air). Also if you do record a hangout – your file will be huge, since you are recording a motion video. For those leveraging the power of marketing with video this is not a great option for video creation.
In summary, I will certainly be using hangouts more often, they are easy to set up and are great for creating relationships and getting things done!
I eagerly await being able to hang out on air or at least have the option of recording a hangout to my YouTube channel.
Google Plus Hangout Experience Takeaways:
- If at first you don’t succeed try try again
- Find an expert at what you want to do and learn from them
- Google Plus Rocks
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