Google launched Hangouts on Air to Google+ users all over the world yesterday, through an update published at their blog. Now, users from Argentina to the Ukraine can broadcast their hangouts live to the rest of the globe, monitor their number of viewers, and record and re-share content virtually effortlessly. Google released this new broadcasting feature to a limited number of users in 2011, focusing on public broadcast rather than the more intimate onscreen experience of Hangouts.
Hangouts is one of the features of Google+ which, as the world already knows, is a social networking service that integrates all Google products such as Google Maps, Picasa, and Gmail into one neat platform. As a feature, Hangouts makes use of live video functionalities to improve in-person communication.
Hangouts on Air – A Closer Look
Hangouts on Air, an offshoot of Hangouts, is a feature that allows users to broadcast to a bigger audience, or simply assume the role of spectator and view public broadcasts. To start using Hangouts on Air, users will have to start a “hangout”, but this time with an option to record the session and broadcast it. Nine people can join the hangout once it’s up in the air, and the live broadcast may also be available to more public viewers. Extra features include Sketchpad for interactive scribbles, Google Docs for writing down plans together and Screensharing for easy sharing of anything that’s on your screen. The feature was launched last year to a limited population of broadcasters.
Now anyone with a Google+ account anywhere in the world can check out Hangouts on Air. If you are looking for an audience you will definitely find plenty here, as a few clicks results in a public broadcast, and easy recording and re-sharing of content online. The feature is already available in 40 countries, although a gradual worldwide roll-out is to be expected in the coming weeks.
See Public Hangouts Live Now at this URL : plus.google.com/hangouts