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Video Chat Separates Google Plus From Facebook And Twitter

Okay, name the last time you had a video chat using your social networking account on Facebook and Twitter. No, no, fancy add-ons don’t count. Just straight video chat without having to put in the extra effort. Anyone? Anyone?

Well, so long Facebook and Twitter, GooglePlus just took the lead.

Video chat


If you haven’t already noticed, GooglePlus is hitting the various Google vices and seeping into our lives sort of the way you cook a frog. Start slowly and before you know it the water is boiling hot, right?


If you log into your YouTube account, and you happen to have a GooglePlus profile, you probably noticed that little prompt that asked if you wanted to merge your YouTube and GooglePlus accounts. If you have done a search while logged into your GooglePlus profile, and happen to follow quite a few people, you may see that little “plus one” besides one or two of the searches that come up.  Not to mention its latest announcement of merging GooglePlus into the Google Shopping feature.

When this social network launched, it wasn’t deemed the latest social network for the masses like Pinterest and Twitter. Instead, the users of the social network were deemed the geeks and tech-obsessed of the social networking universe (and proudly so, by the way).

Google Hangouts

Lately businesses have started paying attention to a little known, yet growing feature entitled, “Google Hangouts.” You are allotted up to 10 people at a time to “hang out” at a time. No, this may not seem like a lot at first, but expand your ideas of communicating with your colleagues, co-workers, customers, friends and families and you can open up a new world of reaching your customer base and communicating with those around you. Not to mention, you can actually stream your hangouts onto a live feed on your YouTube Channel (remember what I told you about that frustrating prompt? well, here’s why it’ll eventually come in handy).

Not only have businesses caught wind of this new technology, but so have politicians. Maryland’s first lady Catherine Curran O’Malley held a Google Plus hangout on the subject of anti-bullying efforts. Even artists like Alicia Keys have taken advantage of the Hangout feature.


While the technology isn’t without its complaints and hiccups (the 10 person maximum is a tad annoying), its making GooglePlus stand out in a way that it’s needed to since the launch of the new social network. It isn’t Facebook yet, but fix up your hair, and make sure nothing is in your teeth, because the next hangout may be near you.

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  • Welcome to Tweak Your Biz Ann – a great first post. Although I’ve always been a Twitter gal at heart I’m seeing the bonus of Facebook now too and slowly getting to grips with Google+ as well. I have tried a Google Hangout a couple of times and can see the advantages. One drawback is connection as I think you need to have a pretty good connection for it to work well – although that would be the same with any online video probably. Looking forward to your next post.

  • Nice article Ann – I’ll be making more use of this in the near future. Thanks for the tip.

  • I participated in a Hangout at a media fair some time ago. We were invited to “hang out” in Google+’s booth and demonstrating how to use video chats and at the same time promote our upcoming unconference (potluck conference), WebCoast. Google was one of our sponsors of WebCoast. I am waiting to see that hangouts will be used more in future, e.g., as an alternative to Twitter chats.

  • Fair play to leading people (such as Alicia) to take on social networking and make good and productive use of it. I have seen a lot of passive aggressive bullying also, so it’s nice to see positivity.
    Google + and hangouts have been hanging for a while, but you are right Ann, they seem to be taking off slowly slowly 🙂
    Welcome to TeakYourBiz, nice first post!

  • Derek

    I can Video Chat On facebook

  • Yes, video is becoming more and more popular and I could see this being a leg up on the other networks. I plan to start using hangouts soon.

    Love the cooking a frog comparison 🙂

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