12 Ideas for Using Google Plus Hangouts Today

Posted on August 25th, 2011 by tim bursch. Filed under business, ideas, social action, tech, tools.


I joined a Google Hangout last week with Chris Carfi to talk about possible scenarios for Google+. Awesome experience. Watch his blog for more details and thoughts soon.

In addition to a lot of other great takeaways from that conversation, I am convinced that Hangouts are here to stay. Hangouts allow you to stay in the network. They have a positive peer pressure effect. When you see a Hangout in your stream with interesting people, you’re drawn in. And video creates deeper connections.

Here are some possible uses for Hangouts:

  1. After writing a blog post, start a Hangout to answer questions or discuss.
  2. Need help thinking through a business (or fill in the blank) problem? Create a Hangout to mastermind your issue.
  3. Schedule a regular time weekly. Topical discussion, guest speaker, networking, the options are endless.
  4. Research.
  5. Education. Imagine teachers with a whiteboard in the background interacting with people from all over the globe.
  6. Internal meetings.
  7. A non-profit could create an ad-hoc Hangout to crowd-source ideas for response to a local crisis.
  8. A recruiter could schedule a Q&A for potential candidates.
  9. Musician trying out a new song for feedback, live.
  10. A VC could invite people to pitch their ideas.
  11. Virtual conference with multiple Hangouts.

What would you add?

Check out the full conversation on Google+ Scenario Planning.

[Shameless plug for Gage] Also, check out the summary on Google+ for Marketing Executives here.