Google hangWhile you may have heard of Google+ Hangouts, you may not be exactly sure of just what they are and how they work. This article will give you a basic understanding of what a Hangout is and how you can use them in your personal life, or incorporate them into your business practices.

Quick Definition of a Google+ Hangout
The best way to describe a Hangout is that it is a video chat software which is linked directly with your Google+ account. When you participate in a Hangout you can invite up to nine other friends or associates to join in onyour chat. While in the chat mode you can share documents and even watch YouTube videos together.

Why Use a Hangout?
Now that you understand what a Hangout is, why would you want to use it? Well, first of all it is a fun way to chat with your friends and family online. You can all get together and have a wonderful chat, watch a family video or just catch up. This is perfect for anyone who is away from their family and much better than sending an email. You can talk face to face regardless of your location.

For a business owner running a Google+ Hangout is a great way to get up close and personal with your customers. You can hold your own weekly business show, run customer service or offer how to tutorials for your products. Many people prefer to watch a presentation than trying to read an instruction manual!
Plus with an ‘On Air’ Hangout you can invite more people to watch online. You can still only have up to nine guests on with you at the same time. Of course you don’t have to invite anyone. You can easily run your own Hangout and just invite customers or friends to watch.

Quick Uses for Google+ Hangouts

Here are just a few quick ideas of how and why you should use Hangouts:
• Conduct interviews
• Get together with friends
• Allows students to connect with family
• Run an online webinar without any expensive software
• Create a weekly Business Spotlight
• Run a contest
• Run how to segments or tutorials
• Demonstrate products
You can see that Google+ Hangouts can easily be used for both pleasure and business purposes. You don’t need any special or expensive software to run a Hangout. Just login with your Google account and send out your invitations.

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