Google+ Hangout is a feature of Google+ and is surely going to be a large selling point to consumers of the Google+ product. The Hangout feature is essentially Skype, where people can interact and communicate with each other through their webcams. Hangout also allows for people to invite their “circles” of friends, to have up to 9 people chatting all at once in one Hangout.
On the surface, it’s pretty much Skype, or Tinychat, or MSN, or Stickam. Just a nifty feature of social networking on a social network site, Google+. However, dig a little, and not all is what it seems.
According to the article, Google Hangout also comes with a whole range of features that are not commonly seen in the mainstream webcam communication programs. These “Extras” include Screen Sharing.
which will be a very useful application for people doing projects together, etc.
There is also Google Documents integration:
which is helpful with live sharing of documents and the such. I would like to see Google have a Dropbox kind of feature, which would enhance Docs intergration infinitely. There is also a Sketchup extra which allows for people to draw on a digital whiteboard. An interesting and fun feature that isn’t commonly seen.
Google Hangouts also has Youtube integration, with live streaming and video viewing and sharing.
I definitely see Google Hangout has Google+’s pride and joy over the next few months since its launch.