One reason Google+ stands out among other social networks is because of its live video chat feature, Hangouts. This week Google made some changes to its interface, which make it easier to invite people to a Hangout.

With Google+ Hangouts you can chat face-to-face with customers, share a screen with team members, or broadcast to hundreds of fans through Hangouts On Air.

Once you’ve started your Hangout, you’ll notice the familiar “invite” prompt along the left side of the screen. Now, you’ll also see pictures of people in your Google+ Circles.

People that are currently online will appear higher in the list, so you won’t have to sift through the list. You can also hover your mouse over an individual to see his or her online status. To invite someone, just click on a person’s face and he or she will be added to your invite list. Once you’ve compiled your list, click the Invite button and start chatting.

A Google+ Hangout is a great way to interact with your community whether it’s for customer support, product demos, or just creating conversation. So before you hit “share,” try “invite” instead.

[Via: The Next Web, Image credit: David Burillo]