A few months ago Google introduced Hangouts On Air, which enables you to broadcast a live session to a much larger audience. Currently Hangouts are limited to nine participants, but anyone can watch a public broadcast. The feature is still under development so access is limited, but the company has turned it on for hundreds of additional celebrities, public figures, and Google+ users with large followings.
To get started, just look for the “broadcast and record” option after starting a Hangout. It’s also worth noting that Hangouts On Air now integrates with YouTube, so once you’re off the air you can upload a full-length recording to your account.
Finally, Google has also added the option to have your phone ring to notify you when you’re invited to a Hangout – this way you’ll never miss an opportunity to connect with your community.
If you haven’t already, invite colleagues or some community members to a Hangout. It’s an effective way to engage with your customers, introduce a new product, or to educate someone with a demo.
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Jennifer Beese: Jennifer Beese has worked as a community manager and social media strategist. When she’s not writing, you can find her studying anatomy and physiology—she literally has a skeleton in her closet—or under the stars with her telescope.