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Google+ Hangout for Videoconferencing

January 5, 2012 | Hogan Keyser

December 27, 2011 by Monica Gleberman via
-- Last week, Telepresence Options hosted the second monthly Google+ Hangout for videoconferencing professionals. Google+ makes connecting on the web more like connecting in the real world. Regardless of whether you are home in your pajamas or hitting the streets with your mobile phone, video hangouts let you bring up to nine people into your world.

Hangout is now more prominent within the Google+ social network. Rather than just appearing as a status update that can be quickly missed if your Google+ feed is buzzing with activity, users will see a notification on the right side of the stream when a hangout is live. Google will also notify you by ringing your device when you are invited to a hangout.

While you're in a hangout, whoever has the dominant voice will appear in the large window, and all the other video broadcasts will appear in smaller video stream windows at the bottom. This arrangement, of course, assumes that every hangout will remain civil. If two people speak at the same time, with nearly equal tone and volume, Google Hangout still chooses one to be front and center in the chat. Regardless, members of the hangout can manually adjust the layout by clicking on any of the smaller video broadcasts to see that stream in the largest window instead.

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