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Poll: Are you using Google Hangouts for anything?

Google is making video an integral part of their user growth strategy, but are we buying what they are selling?

At the risk of losing some technology geek street cred, I will state straight up that I have never participated in a Google Hangout - not even once. I am not against the concept necessarily, I just haven't been asked to join one and I have never felt any need to start one of my own. But then I am not what you call "hip" anymore, so I think it is understandable and can be excused.

Hangouts On Air

However, perhaps some of you are using this Google+ feature to connect with colleagues or reach out to customers or to manage your book clubs. I'd like to know if you are using Google Hangouts and if you are, just how you are using them.

Google recently added a wrinkle to the equation when they started rolling out Hangouts On Air, where you can broadcast your Hangout to the general public; is that something that interests you? The CBS Morning Show has apparently taken advantage of the On Air format to do some broadcasting using this platform, but I am not sure how well it went.

Do you see a future in video conferencing using Google+ tools? Can web-based video broadcasting be a viable model for reaching a target audience?

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Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.

6 comments
HAL 9000
HAL 9000

As an example to the clients of what Bad Security looks like. Works a treat every time to. ;) Col

Gisabun
Gisabun

I can tell from the reaction that Hangouts isn't popular. I guess Google will be closing it down within the year.

apurnama
apurnama

I did! For non enterprise scale, it a good option to replace Skype premium account, to do group web conference.

5haggi
5haggi

So far, mainly as a quick and easy (and very effective) video conferencing tool. A direct replacement for Windows Live, Skype, and that kind of thing. In so much as my use so far has ben 1:1, I don't seem me recording them and publishing them on YouTube :-)

beaverusiv
beaverusiv

I would love to, but along with Youtube, Skype and most other video services I just can't afford to data-wise. If I had unlimited fast Internet fo' sho'.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Have you ever used a Google Hangout? What did you do? How did it work? Will you create an Hangout again and will you broadcast it to the public?