How to use Google Hangout
Today, anyone looking to connect socially has many choices. The social media space has extended to a point where developers birth a new social media platform everyday if not every hour. Many of these social media platforms are as different as your right foot is from your left foot. They bring to the table different features and usability. Quick question; how many social media platforms do you use? Google hangouts, a brainchild of Google, is one of the most popular social media platforms. Unlike other social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter, Google Hangouts is a video hangouts social platform. What this means is that with Google Hangouts, you get the very best of Skype features and the very best of interactive social platforms like Facebook. The difference in Hangouts is that you can send emoji, photos, messages, or hangout with your friends via video call. Unlike Skype that allows you to video chat with more than one person if you have a premium account, Google Hangouts lets you ‘hangout’ with 12 people at no extra charge than what you pay for your broadband internet.
Because of its newness, not very many people know how to use Hangouts correctly. If you are not sure what to do to get started on the platform, here is your how-to guide.
How to get started on Google Hangouts
To get started on hangouts, you need a Google account i.e. a Gmail email account. To create a new account, if you don’t already have a Gmail account, head here and provide all the required details to open your account. Once you create an account, you are ready to ‘hangout’ with anyone who has a Google account. If that person doesn’t have an account, an invitation to join will be sent to their email. Once you are done with the account bit, you can start a hangout from different Google platforms such as Google+, android app, Chrome extension, IOS app, your Gmail inbox, or the Chrome desktop app.
How to start a hangout
Remember that you can start video or message hangouts. To start one from your Gmail inbox, find the Hangouts icon at the bottom left corner of your Inbox. To start one on G+, the hangouts icon is at the top right corner of your profile. On android, IOS device, Chrome desktop app, and Chrome extension, simply launch the app. You are now ready to connect with friends and hangout. To ‘hangout’ with a particular person, select them from the hangout list. Google orders the list in order of chat. The last person you ‘hangout’ with will be top on the list. Alternatively, you can search for someone from the search dialog.
To start your first group hangout, select each person’s name by clicking on the check box on his or her name then click the chat icon to start a text conversation or the video icon to start a video conversation.
How to share YouTube videos on hangouts
Hangouts also lets you to share YouTube videos with your hangout mates. To do this, all you have to do is select the YouTube button on your hangouts. This will call up the YouTube hangouts app. From there, you can add videos to a hangout playlist. Everyone on the specific hangout will watch the video simultaneously. When you share videos on hangouts, you cannot use the microphone. This is because the videos you share play on the Hangouts pane. Anyone on the ‘hangout’ can change video playback and skip some videos.
How to add effects to a video on Hangouts
Hangouts also lets you add effects to a video. To do this on a computer, click on the effects button on your left menu panel. The effects popup or menu will open on the right side of your window and replace the chat frame. From here, you can drag drop any effect onto the video. Some of the effects you can add are glasses, hats, and a wide array of decoration from different categories.
Google hangouts is not only a fun way to chat with friends and family, it is a nifty way to conduct interdepartmental work meetings without any extra cost. Go ahead; give the platform a try and I am sure you won’t want, or need any other video or message chat platform.
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