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YouTube Gets Google+ Hangouts (PICTURES) - Huffington Post

YouTube Gets Google+ Hangouts (PICTURES) - Huffington Post | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it

Google now lets YouTube users invite their friends to join group video chats and watch videos together via YouTube.com.

Since Google publicly launch its Google+ social network in late June, the Hangouts feature (enabling group video chats that host up to 10 people) has let users simultaneously stream Youtube videos as they video chat with their friends.

But now, Google has begun to promote Google Hangouts within Youtube, which receives 710 million visitors from across the world, according to an estimate from Google’s Doubleclick Ad Planner.

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Daria Musk’s Live Hangout Concert This Evening May Be the Most Watched Hangout Ever « Google Plus Headlines

Daria Musk’s Live Hangout Concert This Evening May Be the Most Watched Hangout Ever « Google Plus Headlines | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it

If you have not yet heard of Daria Musk, you may want to get acquainted with her. There is no better place to do that than in tonight’s Google+ Hangout concert, featuring her this evening. Daria, who was an early adopter of Google+, made waves on the social network when she first hosted a concert via Google’s new video conferencing platform, Hangouts, on July 16th.
This evening will be a special one for Daria and all of her fans. At 6PM EST or 11 PM GMT, the concert will kick off. Obviously the actual Hangout that Daria will be in will be filled immediately, so those looking to watch the event live can do so by going to the Youtube Live Streaming Event. With the help of Michael Mozart, a Youtube celebrity himself, Daria will be able to access the features within Youtube Live, meaning thousands of people can watch all at once. According to Daria, the concert will go all night, and if you have been a part of her other Hangout concerts, you’d understand that “all night” literally means all night.

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Google+: How Food Innovators Are Embracing It - Forbes

Google+: How Food Innovators Are Embracing It - Forbes | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it

In what interesting ways are food tech innovators using Google+?

Joining Studiofeast founder Mike Lee for his first Google+ cooking demonstration two weeks ago opened my eyes to just how disruptive Hangouts could (will) be. The experience got me thinking about other innovative ways Google+ could be used by people across the food supply chain. Some of my initial ideas included things like interactive journalism, panel discussions, research, and connecting consumers with food producers.

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5 Free Tools for Recording Google+ Hangouts

5 Free Tools for Recording Google+ Hangouts | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it

Google+ Hangouts are proving one of the most popular features of the new social networking service, but there’s no built-in option to record them.

Until Google adds such functionality, we’ve found five workarounds to help you record your next Hangout — free. While we’d strongly suggest any G+ pros invest in specialist software, our solutions will suffice for capturing consumer Hangouts and offer easy sharing options, too.

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Scottish whisky brand using Google+ Hangout for PR event | Articles

Scottish whisky brand using Google+ Hangout for PR event | Articles | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+ is only a couple of weeks old and, as a result, individuals and brands are still figuring out what to make of them potentially game-changing social network.
While everyone else was experimenting, Scotsman Richard Paterson took advantage of the site to promote whisky.

Paterson is the master blender for whisky brand Whyte and Mackay, and he’s also known as @The_Nose on Twitter. In August, he’s hosting a whisky tasting on Google+. Paterson intends to gather whisky fans using the site’s Hangout function, which allows for video chatting with multiple people.
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Google+ Hangouts: 4 Creative Ways People Are Using Group Video Chat

Google+ Hangouts: 4 Creative Ways People Are Using Group Video Chat | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Although the tech for Hangouts has been around for years, it seems the simplicity of the Google solution is getting people’s creative juices going. From intimate concerts to a new way of co-working via cooking lessons, Google Plussers are making the most of the functionality in fun, new ways.

Take a look at the way Google Plussers have been using Hangouts in the short time since the service has been live. Please share in the comments any innovative or exciting uses you’ve come across.
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Join the longest hang out on Google Plus. - HangoutOnGplus.com

Join the longest hang out on Google Plus. - HangoutOnGplus.com | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Join the longest hang out on Google Plus. Mark Olsen is running the Marathon Hangout which has now been going for 45 consecutive hours.
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Mashable "just made the the official switch to using Google+ Hangouts" for internal Mashable meetings

Mashable "just made the the official switch to using Google+ Hangouts" for internal Mashable meetings | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Robyn Peterson, Mashable: "We just made the official switch to using Google+ Hangouts for internal Mashable product/tech meetings, and have stopped using skype audio/video chats entirely. Skype's lag and audio artifacts were just too much...and our Hangouts are really, really impressive."
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How To Hold A Press Conference Via Google+ | Fast Company

How To Hold A Press Conference Via Google+ | Fast Company | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
A Tibetan advocacy group recently held the world's first video press conference via Google+ Hangouts. While the goal might have been to get attention from techies and journalists, it also gave us a glimpse into the future of video conferencing.
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Newt Gingrich Videorecorded Google+ Hangout With Voters - via Gundotra

Newt Gingrich Videorecorded Google+ Hangout With Voters - via Gundotra | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
The republic politician Newt Gingrich videorecorded his hangout with voters. Googles Vic Gundotra though it was "fun to watch", and shared the video. A large crowd in the stream expressed dislike for Gingrichs policy. Still; his creative use of the technology was honored.
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Why Mark Zuckerberg's First Public Response To Google+ Is The Right One

Why Mark Zuckerberg's First Public Response To Google+ Is The Right One | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
At the Facebook news conference, a reporter asked Mark Zuckerberg what he thought of Google+. Zuckerberg responded by saying that lots of companies are going to build things like video chat, but Facebook competitors also have to build up their social graph first. Facebook’s job is to just keep innovating. It’s a perfectly reasonable response, and of course, he’s exactly right—the challenge is to get the user base, and make it easy for them to use your product. Done and done for Facebook. The integration looks great.
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Stilbruch: [I'M SORRY] In the gutts of Google+ - Meet me in the Hangouts - Google Meeting

Stilbruch: [I'M SORRY] In the gutts of Google+ - Meet me in the Hangouts - Google Meeting | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Let's jump right in: Google didn't just build your everyday social network... no... it is more than that.

Florian Rohrweck keeps on searching for future news and development in Google+.This time he has elaborated from Hangout to Meetings with Calendar, Google Voice, Telephone conferencing, Texting, Screencast etc.
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Google+ Hangouts video chat will open up to third-parties | VentureBeat

Google+ Hangouts video chat will open up to third-parties | VentureBeat | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google will eventually open up the Hangouts group video chat in Google+ to third parties, meaning anyone will be able to utilize Hangouts in their apps or services, according to Google Realtime Communications lead Justin Uberti.

Uberti says that Google “plans to publish the specifications needed to inter-operate with Hangouts,” though it will likely be some time before that actually happens. When the specs are eventually released, Hangouts will have yet another unique feature to lord over competitors like Skype.
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» How to Throw a Group Listening Party on Google+

» How to Throw a Group Listening Party on Google+ | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it

Listen up, music fans: Thanks to a recently launched feature in the Google+ social network, members can set up listening rooms where friends — or complete strangers — can listen to music together and chat about it.

This group-listening feature, part of Google+ Hangouts, draws its music from YouTube — arguably the world’s biggest legal music-sharing service.
If you thought embedding YouTube videos on Facebook was neat, just wait until you see how Google+ lets people throw group listening parties.

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Google+ Hangouts Can Now Be Initiated From YouTube

Google+ Hangouts Can Now Be Initiated From YouTube | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it

Google has quietly rolled out yet another feature of its Google+ social network: Click on the Share button under any YouTube video to reveal an icon that suggests watching the video with friends in a Google+ hangout.

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» How To Throw a Group Listening Party on Google+

» How To Throw a Group Listening Party on Google+ | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it

Listen up, music fans: Thanks to a recently launched feature in the Google+ social network, members can set up listening rooms where friends — or complete strangers — can listen to music together and chat about it.

This group-listening feature, part of Google+ Hangouts, draws its music from YouTube — arguably the world’s biggest legal music-sharing service.

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YouTube embraces Google+ Hangouts for live streaming

YouTube embraces Google+ Hangouts for live streaming | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
YouTube is closely integrating Google’s Hangouts group video chat platform with its live streaming in an effort to make video watching more social. The site has already quietly begun to make live video feeds available to Hangouts users, and will eventually add tools to improve discovery of live streams both within Hangouts and on YouTube.com, I was told by YouTube Live Product Manager Brandon Badger this week.
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Guitar studio tests online lessons on Google+ Hangout

Guitar studio tests online lessons on Google+ Hangout | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Guitar training firm Noriu Groti has been testing Hangout, a video chat feature of social networking service operated by Google, which allows up to 10 people to talk and to see each other simultaneously, to give online guitar lessons.
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The 9 Creative Uses for Google+ Hangouts You Didn't Think Of « Google+ Insider's Guide

The 9 Creative Uses for Google+ Hangouts You Didn't Think Of « Google+ Insider's Guide | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Hangouts are one of the most fun features in Google+. As long as you have a webcam and a microphone, you can "hangout" with up to 10 of your buddies on Google+ and do just about anything. Of course, sometimes it can get kind of awkward when you are hanging out and you don't really have anything to say. This problem can be mitigated if you host hangouts with a plan.
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Are Google+ Hangouts the Next Hackerspaces?

Are Google+ Hangouts the Next Hackerspaces? | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
As I spoke to more makers, it started to become clear that Google+ Hangouts might just be the “next hackerspace,” not in meat space, but in the online world where skill sharing, project sharing, and collaboration can finally happen (more easily). There were and are other ways to do this, but Google+ Hangouts seem to be the shiny new toy at the moment.
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Dell wants to use Google+ Hangouts for customer service

Dell wants to use Google+ Hangouts for customer service | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Dell could soon use Google’s new group video chat platform Google+ Hangouts as an alternative to the traditional customer service call, according to the company’s chairman and CEO, Michael Dell.
Hangouts has been hailed as the next big killer app, and Michael Dell is obviously a fan as well. He’s used the video chat more than a dozen times since he joined Google+ in early July, and this Sunday, he posted the following question on Google+:
I am thinking about hangouts for business. Would you like to be able to connect with your Dell service and sale teams via video directly from Dell.com?
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Where to hang out at Google+, list of hangouts at Google+

List of the latest hangouts at Google+ (GooglePlus). Visit them, or announce and schedule your own hangout.
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The competitive prospects of Google+ big impact on Skype and Facebok

The competitive prospects of Google+ big impact on Skype and Facebok | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Google+ looks like Google’s best effort yet in social media. To get a handle on industry reaction to Google+, we did a quick survey over the Fourth of July weekend of 451 GigaOM readers on Google+’s chances for success, its competitive weapons and its likely impact on other social companies. In a new research note at GigaOM Pro (subscription required), we analyze the results.

The available graph shows that the respondents thinks there will be big impact on Skype and Facebook, and low impact on Wordpress. Twitter, Foursquare and Tumblr are in the mid field.
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Facebook Launches Skype Video Calls, Group Messaging, Hits 750 Million Users [Video] | Fast Company

Facebook Launches Skype Video Calls, Group Messaging, Hits 750 Million Users [Video] | Fast Company | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Mark Zuckerberg Confirms 750 Million Users, Launches Video and Group Chat. At Facebook announcement, founder Mark Zuckerberg confirmed that the world's largest social network has grown even larger, to 750 million users. With so many users, Zuck said it's time to give them more to do on Facebook, so the company also unveiled two new features: group chat and video calls.
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"It's Like Facebook With No People" - Steve Kovah

"It's Like Facebook With No People" - Steve Kovah | The Google+ Project | Scoop.it
Save for some minor improvements, Google+ offers nothing groundbreaking enough to drive the masses from Facebook. Almost every feature from "Circles" to "Streams" has a counterpart feature in Facebook.

The only notable exception is "Hangouts," the feature that lets you host group video chats with your friends. It's pretty cool, but again, I can't see someone ditching Facebook just so they can video chat.
Yes, it will help that Google+ is baked into Google services like Gmail, but that still doesn't mean all those users will suddenly stop using Facebook because there's now a "+You" button at the top of their inboxes.
Everyone's already on Facebook, and most don't use Gmail. A social network is no good unless your friends are on it too.

As my colleague Dan Frommer put it: "It's like Facebook with no people".

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