The Google+ Guide: Hangouts
Hangouts are basically videoconferences that you can start from Google+. Invite people or circles, and folks can join your hangout and shoot the breeze. You can even watch YouTube videos together!
The Lowdown on Hangouts
A few things to know about hangouts:
- Hangouts require the Google voice and video plug-in to work. Download it here: www.google.com/chat/video.
- Each hangout can have a maximum ten participants.
- At 90 minutes, Google+ checks in to make sure that your hangout is still happening. If no one responds, the hangout ends automatically.
- Your computer must have a webcam and a microphone attached to it to audio/video chat.
Now that the ground rules of hangouts have ben established, the rest of this chapter is devoted to showing you how to start and join hangouts for yourself.