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Google Plus First Look: a tip-packed, comprehensive look at Google+ by Ralph Roberts

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Chapter 3. Hanging Out

Other social media systems are adding video chat and related features. Plus was designed from the ground up with these fun and powerful things built in!

In this chapter, we will see (literally see) how Hangouts work. We will explore:

  • What Hangouts are and how we use them
  • Setting up a webcam or other video input
  • Creating your own Hangouts
  • Joining existing Hangouts
  • Hanging Out from YouTube

Here I am in an enjoyable hangout a few nights ago (me on the far right). As we'll see again, several times in this chapter, there is a row at the bottom of every Hangout session showing everyone in the video chat who has their camera on (not everyone does, in fact you can use just a microphone).

The person speaking will be shown in a larger video ...

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