Hanging Out With Friends
One of the coolest new features of Google+ is the ability to watch videos live with a group of your friends (known as a Circle on Google+). It’s a little like videoconferencing, only you all get to share a video while you are video conferencing. Anyway, that whole process just became a little bit easier with the introduction of a “Hangout” button on YouTube. The new button makes it even easier for users to use the Hangout feature of Google+ because it is just a simple click, and you’re there.
Future Of Video Integration
The Hangout feature of Google+ is something new and different when it comes to the way we all watch videos online. YouTube has made a huge difference when it comes to online video, and now streaming video. Google is likely trying to push the envelope even further by connecting their new social networking site with what is arguably the world’s most popular video sharing site.
The Hangout feature of Google+ is also something new. For years now we have all been able to chat back and forth with multiple friends through our social media networks, but this is something new. Now we can connect LIVE and share media together. Like the days when we would all gather at the neighbor’s house to watch our favorite television program; “Hangout” is both something new and something familiar, all wrapped into one.
One of the niftiest features of Google+ is its group videoconferencing app called Hangouts. Not only is the service free, with support for ten simultaneous users — it also attempts to negate the awkwardness that’s often associated with coordinating video calls by making the experience more casual and free-flowing (any of your friends can hop into and out of a Hangout at any point, provided you’ve shared it with them).
One of the app’s other neat features is its ability to play a YouTube video for all of your friends at the same time (and, of course, you can immediately talk about the video). This evening, YouTube’s rolled out a new option that makes it easier to jump into one of these video-sharing sessions: you can now initiate a Hangout directly from a YouTube video’s ‘Watch’ page (you’ll find the option under the ‘Share’ menu).
The feature works as you’d expect: click it, and a browser window will pop up, prompting you to choose which Google+ Circles you’d like to share the Hangout (and video) with. Comb your hair, click share, and your Hangout will start.
This is just the first of what will likely be many more integrations to come for Hangouts — Google has repeatedly said that the app is built as a platform for enjoying shared experiences with friends. In other words, in a while you’ll probably be able to Hangout while playing games, showing off photo galleries, or perhaps even enjoying a live-streamed sporting event with friends.
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