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Google Brings New Features To Google+ Hangouts

Google today announced that they’re adding new functionality to a popular feature of Google+, the hangout. A hangout is a group video chat that’s hosted within Google+.

Most exciting, perhaps, is the addition of Hangouts On Air. Initially, it will enable those who have large followings to turn their hangouts into broadcasts. When the hangout is finished, they’ll have the ability to upload the session to YouTube. Eventually, the feature will be generally available, Google said.

Another exciting new feature is the ability to start hangouts from inside comment fields. “Just click “Hangout” underneath a post that you’re passionate about, and we’ll add your invitation to the comments. If others are hanging out already, you’ll see their invitation in the comments as well,” wrote Vic Gundotra a Google senior vice president. Read more

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Missouri TV Station Interviews Norwegians On Google+ For Reaction To Attacks

KOMU-TV, the Columbia, Mo., NBC affiliate, has made headlines in recent weeks for its ingenious and innovative uses of Google+. (The station also made headlines when Google shut down its brand page.)

But that hasn’t stopped Sarah Hill, an anchor/reporter at the station, from continuing to use the nascent social network to gather and spread news (check out her Google+ profile here).

After Friday’s attacks in Norway, Hill took to Google+ to find sources, posting the following message (and a few similar, subsequent ones) to her profile:

Norwegians: KOMU-TV, the NBC affiliate in Columbia, MO is doing a recorded hangout to gauge Norwegian reaction to what appears as the first act of terrorism on Norwegian soil since WWII. Norwegians: Private Message or Comment below if you’d like to share your sentiments in our recorded Hangout in about an hour.

The effort was a success. She was able to speak to seven Norwegians in a Google+ hangout, which she recorded. Excerpts were used during the station’s newscasts.

Such a feat would have been unthinkable just a few years ago. An NBC affiliate in Missouri does not have the resources of one of the major TV networks, yet was still able to do a video interview without paying a cent. No stringers in Norway were required to gather sources. The station didn’t even have to pay for satellite time.

While Skype interviews have become increasingly ubiquitous on TV — even on the networks — Google+ excels because it is an all-in-one solution. It provides for the gathering of sources, the interviewing of sources and the dissemination of the interviews once the they are completed (as Hill later posted the end result of her hangout).

Watch Sarah Hill’s Google+ hangout below: