Interacting on Google+ Hangouts is the main reason many people use the program. Interacting can be done in different ways. You can talk live on video or chat in the chat panel. You can share documents and other videos as well. Besides being invited, finding Hangouts to join can be done in different ways.
Once you begin broadcasting your Hangout appears in your stream. You want people to link to the post that has the Hangout so they can post comments, give their feedback and basically have everyone in the same location.
Now it’s time to start talking. Whether you are using the hangout for business or just for fun, you should tone your style to the type of hangout it is. A business hangout is going to be a bit more formal than a personal one.
Make sure your webcam and microphone are connected correctly. Do some prep work before the hangout so you know what you are going to be talking about. It’s fine to have some notes but keep it natural.
When you don’t know the people you are hanging out with, begin by saying hello to the group. Let them know you’ve joined them in the room. Don’t forget to unmute your microphone by clicking the mic button in the corner of the window.
Let everyone know where you’re from or the type of business you are from. Often this is the second question you get asked when you’re in a Hangout since people love to connect with others from around the world.
Take a few minutes to listen to what everyone is chatting about and then participate in the conversation.
The bottom pane on your Hangout window shows those who are connected to your Hangout. On the right pane you see the text chat window.
Using the Chat
In the Hangout chat you can talk to your fellow Hangouters through text messages complete with emojis, through video chat or with photos.
Texts will scroll into the pane in real time. Google Hangouts keeps an archive of each of your conversations so you can continue to have conversations for a long time.
Text chat is easy to use. It’s basically the same as text messaging on your smartphone. Simply type in what you want to say and hit enter. The text chat is located on the right side. If you don’t see it you can access it by clicking on the chat button on the left pane of your hangout window. In the text chat pane you can type in questions, chat with other members and share content.
You on camera video conversations can be with up to 10 people. A person talking on video chat shows up on the screen while the others in the call are shown in the boxes along the bottom of the window until they are speaking.
Try to take turns talking in an orderly way. Otherwise it gets a little jumbled sounding to the rest of the viewers. The quality of the call will vary due each person’s internet connection.
The history for each chat is on by default in hangouts. It can be turned off by the user left on for each individual chat. However, if history is off it isn’t stored for future access.
See also: Google Hangouts Video Training