The Hangout Helper http://www.thehangouthelper.com Helping you Harness the Power of Social Media, Video, Broadcast Communications, and Discoverability Online. Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:39:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.7.1 HOA Broadcasting limit extended to 8 hours! (it was 4) http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/hoa-broadcasting-limit-extended-to-8-hours-it-was-4/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/hoa-broadcasting-limit-extended-to-8-hours-it-was-4/#comments Fri, 17 Jan 2014 05:31:56 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/hoa-broadcasting-limit-extended-to-8-hours-it-was-4/ Check out the little message above the Green start broadcast button in +Tom Batkin's post below. Thanks for the head's up Tom. I guess this is rolling out to us all eventually. As a reminder, there is likely a 2 hr. limit on what the YouTube editor will handle so if trimming is needed online, […]

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Check out the little message above the Green start broadcast button in +Tom Batkin's post below. Thanks for the head's up Tom. I guess this is rolling out to us all eventually.

As a reminder, there is likely a 2 hr. limit on what the YouTube editor will handle so if trimming is needed online, you may want to keep that in mind. Will +Dan McDermott try to use all 8 hours every week now on his Google Plus Week show on Fridays?

Reshared post from +Tom Batkin

8 hour Rolled out!

You will see a Notification box above the start broadcast button in the green room

Hopefully you will not look as serious as I do in this selfie…..Note to self , smile next time

Big thanks to +Dawn R Nocera for letting me know where the notification was located 

#hangouts   #hangoutsonair   #TheYearOfThePlus  

cc +Ronnie Bincer 

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Here's the video of the HOA on Hosting a Hangout on Air http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/heres-the-video-of-the-hoa-on-hosting-a-hangout-on-air/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/heres-the-video-of-the-hoa-on-hosting-a-hangout-on-air/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 21:54:18 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/heres-the-video-of-the-hoa-on-hosting-a-hangout-on-air/ The comments were so plentiful that we have no more space to add comments to the Event. Feel free to add your comments here and we'll try to follow up on them here.  If you what to check out the event's comments, here is the link: http://goo.gl/5Hu2Nf=== ===  #HOAtips   #HangoutsOnAir   Reshared post from +Eric […]

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The comments were so plentiful that we have no more space to add comments to the Event. Feel free to add your comments here and we'll try to follow up on them here. 

If you what to check out the event's comments, here is the link: http://goo.gl/5Hu2Nf
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Reshared post from +Eric Enge

The Art of Being a Great HOA Host
We had a fantastic show today with +Ronnie Bincer +Mia Voss +Chef Dennis Littley and +Dan McDermott.  Lots of great content, and for the first time ever we hit the comment tracker limit of 500 comments.

If you have any additional comments you want to make, please make them here!  We will interact with you here.

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We start the HOA on HOA Hosting tips/techniques in just a little while 12 noon PST/3pm… http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/we-start-the-hoa-on-hoa-hosting-tipstechniques-in-just-a-little-while-12-noon-pst3pm/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/we-start-the-hoa-on-hoa-hosting-tipstechniques-in-just-a-little-while-12-noon-pst3pm/#respond Thu, 16 Jan 2014 19:14:21 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/we-start-the-hoa-on-hoa-hosting-tipstechniques-in-just-a-little-while-12-noon-pst3pm/ We start the HOA on HOA Hosting tips/techniques in just a little while 12 noon PST/3pm EST. See you in the comments! Reshared post from +Eric Enge Masters Course in Being a Great HOA HostWant to host your own Hangouts on Air and want some coaching on how to it well?  For this week's show […]

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We start the HOA on HOA Hosting tips/techniques in just a little while 12 noon PST/3pm EST. See you in the comments!

Reshared post from +Eric Enge

Masters Course in Being a Great HOA Host
Want to host your own Hangouts on Air and want some coaching on how to it well?  For this week's show we have pulled together 4 people with just a tiny bit (;->) of HOA hosting experience.

+Ronnie Bincer will co-host the show with me and our guest stars are +Chef Dennis Littley, +Dan McDermott, and +Mia Voss.

This will be a live YouTube broadcast, on Thursday January 16th at 3 PM EST.  The live YouTube link will be posted here at or before 15 minutes before show time.

Please feel free to spread the word, and share the event, or invite others.

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Hangout Parties menu changes to "Video Calls" in 1 location http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/hangout-parties-menu-changes-to-video-calls-in-1-location/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/hangout-parties-menu-changes-to-video-calls-in-1-location/#comments Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:07:13 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/16/hangout-parties-menu-changes-to-video-calls-in-1-location/ And just a mention that you can have Hangouts with CommunitiesThe Hangouts option with your community has returned. We recently did some testing of the various ways to make them work and I documented the pros and cons of the methods. As more people start to use the ability to have a hangout within a […]

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And just a mention that you can have Hangouts with Communities
The Hangouts option with your community has returned. We recently did some testing of the various ways to make them work and I documented the pros and cons of the methods.

As more people start to use the ability to have a hangout within a community, you may want to check your "Video Calls" page more often or at least look at the bottom of the Hangout Sidebar on the right. But if you liked the "Video Parties" no worries, this is still the place they show up.

We'll be teaching the details in the Hangout Mastery community soon enough, but in the process of testing things, some people noticed that slight shift of menu up top on the Hangout Page. We now choose between HOA and Video Calls (not video parties).

Get to this page via the left side drop-down menu and choose "Hangouts" or just click here: https://plus.google.com/u/0/hangouts

If Hangouts are in your future, or should be… check out the membership called Hangout Mastery here: bit.ly/HangoutMastery
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Google Plus Posting tips; Plus Mentions, Formatting & more http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/15/google-plus-posting-tips-plus-mentions-formatting-more/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/15/google-plus-posting-tips-plus-mentions-formatting-more/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 16:51:47 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/15/google-plus-posting-tips-plus-mentions-formatting-more/ Helping you make better looking postsGoogle Plus is much more like a blogging platform than many other social platforms. This means you'll likely end up creating posts that are much more involved and can be quite lengthy. Plus MentionsOne important social aspect to posting is mentioning others that are somehow related to your post. On […]

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Helping you make better looking posts
Google Plus is much more like a blogging platform than many other social platforms. This means you'll likely end up creating posts that are much more involved and can be quite lengthy.

Plus Mentions
One important social aspect to posting is mentioning others that are somehow related to your post. On Google+ we call that "Plus Mentioning"… it creates an active link to the profile/page you mentioned. When you are typing on the fly, you simply type a + character followed immediately by the person or page's name in the G+ Posting box.

But what about when you want to draft your post, think about it more, edit, think, edit and then go?

For those occasions when it is smarter to use a plain text editor to create your post and then later on paste the text into the G+ Posting box, I offer a few suggestions.

Using a Text editor for Plus Mentions and Formatting
When you want to craft the text outside of G+ and still include the proper Plus Mentions, find the person/page's G+  ID and use that in the text editor… when you eventually post it on Google+ it will turn into that desired link to the person/page.

Example: My Profile ID is shown as www.google.com/+RonnieBincer but if you find a link to my name and right-click on it you can copy the link address of the Google ID that looks like this: https://plus.google.com/u/0/108210288375340023376

Grab the numbers ( 108210288375340023376  ) and add a + right before them (with no spaces) and when you post like that, it will turn into a Properly formatted Plus Mention on Google Plus.

Don't forget other formatting options to help break up longer posts, such as using an * character or an _ character on either side of the text to make Bold or Italic text respectively. Use no spaces between the formatting characters and the text for best results.

Hashtags also work this way. Type the # symbol followed immediately by a single word in your text editor and when you paste that into your posting area and share it, the text magically turns into a live hashtag link.
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Google Hangouts – a great overview of the basics http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/15/google-hangouts-a-great-overview-of-the-basics/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/15/google-hangouts-a-great-overview-of-the-basics/#comments Wed, 15 Jan 2014 15:21:16 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/15/google-hangouts-a-great-overview-of-the-basics/ Watch this video and come back to it when you want to remind yourself of how the various hangouts options & tools work together. +martin shervington has done a masterful job going over the basics of how Hangouts and Hangouts on Air (HOA) work. Since there is a lot to cover, let me break down […]

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Watch this video and come back to it when you want to remind yourself of how the various hangouts options & tools work together. +martin shervington has done a masterful job going over the basics of how Hangouts and Hangouts on Air (HOA) work.

Since there is a lot to cover, let me break down some of the sections for you into clickable areas below; then you can come back and watch the parts you want to when you are able.

0:16 ►Hangouts – Text Message Box (the right sidebar)
6:42 ►Hangouts – Video calls; Joining and Starting your own
8:35 ►Hangouts – The Video Call Interface; tools/settings/menus
14:40 ►Hangouts on Air (HOA); Using the Scheduled HOA Event

This is a good one to keep around for reference (at least for now)! Note, this version of the post should play the time stamps of the video in the post without going on to YouTube to play.

If you want to know more about Google+ in general, this video came from a larger blog post with loads of other helpful info here http://plusyourbusiness.com/google-plus-for-business/
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Watching us being watched… selfies & how they change us http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/12/watching-us-being-watched-selfies-how-they-change-us/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/12/watching-us-being-watched-selfies-how-they-change-us/#comments Sun, 12 Jan 2014 16:51:42 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/12/watching-us-being-watched-selfies-how-they-change-us/ If a picture says a thousand words, and a selfie is a picture, just what is said when we appear inside of a Hangout on Air? We had a discussion a little while ago with the author +David Amerland and a few other esteemed colleagues… +Mark Traphagen +martin shervington about "How Google Semantic Search Changes […]

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If a picture says a thousand words, and a selfie is a picture, just what is said when we appear inside of a Hangout on Air?

We had a discussion a little while ago with the author +David Amerland and a few other esteemed colleagues… +Mark Traphagen +martin shervington about "How Google Semantic Search Changes Online Behavior" which dovetails quite nicely with this new article from David.

Do a search for the quoted HOA above if you want more info on the concept… or just click here: http://goo.gl/ztZIQ4

h/t +Mark Traphagen for the find

Reshared post from +David Amerland

The Power of Self-Awareness (and the rise of the selfie)

The year that’s just passed went down in history as the year of the selfie. The word became official in the Oxford English Dictionary (http://goo.gl/VToD98) the Pope was shown posing for one and almost everyone from world leaders like President Barack Obama taking one at Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service, no less, (http://goo.gl/A3AKda) to Ciley Myrus posing for a Christmas selfie in the shower (http://goo.gl/eRQ7SO) and everyone in between seemed to have suddenly become self-obsessed and aware. 

This is a case of technology suddenly lowering the threshold entry barrier to self-immortalizing by such a significant amount that it has become the norm. It goes deeper than this. The year that’s passed, through the rise of the selfie (http://goo.gl/fTVQQb) is also a turning point in self-awareness. This is the Cogito Ergo Sum (http://goo.gl/QGAu0q) moment when we became aware not just of our own ability to take photographs of ourselves but our own ability to contextualize ourselves in a the moment. (The prerogative, once, only of artists (http://goo.gl/H4vbef) or Kings and Queens – http://goo.gl/u94gRI).

This is an important distinction. While many may rush to damn the rise of the selfie as a rise in narcissism (http://goo.gl/G2s4jd) epitomized, perhaps, by the photohopped selfies of the Kardashians, taking a self-portrait also signals a number of other things: a positive step towards taking control of our own image, a rise if self-awareness and the way it impacts upon the formation of our own sense of identity (http://goo.gl/XLg7XS), a change in the way the mental constructs of ourselves (our self-image – http://goo.gl/hDVpT8) now become part of a much more seamless whole (http://goo.gl/oEbNNG) where the world we create is a complex one of observing and being observed, observing being observed. 

This is complicated. It lends rise to the Hawthorne Effect (http://goo.gl/gdOAwI) a form of reactivity in observed behaviour under the “observer effect” (http://goo.gl/yaR28y) which is found, in one form or another, from Physics to Information Theory. If Being watched changes us and watching ourselves changes us. Watching ourselves being watched is having a much greater impact upon our minds (and psychology) than most of us readily realize. 

For a start it leads to better behaviour (http://goo.gl/XON3R) which might explain, in part at least, the quantum leap in politeness that occurs in the transition from any other social network to the public stage of G+. It is also leading to a heightened sense of self-awareness, itself a high-price activity (from a cognitive evolutionary point of view – http://goo.gl/NldZQY) that has the potential to change everything (from leadership in a business context to the way we perceive the world and act to change it). 

The ‘humble’ selfie, whether it’s Vegas fun like that shared by +Amanda Blain  (http://goo.gl/uUS5XV) or an apology like that shared by +John Ellis  (http://goo.gl/naCzka) has the power to change the way we communicate, cooperate (http://goo.gl/CVvDvH) and relate to each other. 

From historic selfies shot in outer space (http://goo.gl/JuEeVs) to protest selfies (http://goo.gl/HSiHh2) that make a powerful political statement or even selfies used as evidence in a hunt for Time-Travelers (I kid you not: http://goo.gl/Dm8JiX) selfies (http://goo.gl/mYJ0IC) are transforming our own image, changing it into a message that now actually says something meanigful. 

This is information flowing. The transition from 'noise' to signal: http://goo.gl/cR669x. It anchors us in space and time. It fixes our identity in context. It makes us aware of ourselves and the world. Of the moment and its importance. And then it makes us responsible. Of everything. For everything. Including each other. 

This is how technology, innocuously, changed everything because we use it. Just as it uses us. 

Heavy thoughts for a Sunday, but this is the G+ space. I hope you’ve stockpiled mountains of donuts, croissants and rivers of coffee. Have a great Sunday, wherever you are and don’t be shy. Post a selfie ;) 

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Learn a Ton of useful info on Hosting a HOA http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/11/learn-a-ton-of-useful-info-on-hosting-a-hoa/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/11/learn-a-ton-of-useful-info-on-hosting-a-hoa/#comments Sat, 11 Jan 2014 17:12:56 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/11/learn-a-ton-of-useful-info-on-hosting-a-hoa/ I promise you that this HOA show will be packed full of great advice and interesting experiences about running a successful hangout on air live broadcast show. Tell your friends… tell the world… let's pack the "house".=== ===#HangoutsTips #HOAtipsh/t +Mark Traphagen Reshared post from +Eric Enge Masters Course in Being a Great HOA HostWant to […]

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I promise you that this HOA show will be packed full of great advice and interesting experiences about running a successful hangout on air live broadcast show.

Tell your friends… tell the world… let's pack the "house".
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h/t +Mark Traphagen

Reshared post from +Eric Enge

Masters Course in Being a Great HOA Host
Want to host your own Hangouts on Air and want some coaching on how to it well?  For this week's show we have pulled together 4 people with just a tiny bit (;->) of HOA hosting experience.

+Ronnie Bincer will co-host the show with me and our guest stars are +Chef Dennis Littley, +Dan McDermott, and +Mia Voss.

This will be a live YouTube broadcast, on Thursday January 16th at 3 PM EST.  The live YouTube link will be posted here at or before 15 minutes before show time.

Please feel free to spread the word, and share the event, or invite others.

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Ever Heard of Captain HOA? No… well check out Capt'n Underpants http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/10/ever-heard-of-captain-hoa-no-well-check-out-captn-underpants/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/10/ever-heard-of-captain-hoa-no-well-check-out-captn-underpants/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:40:45 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/10/ever-heard-of-captain-hoa-no-well-check-out-captn-underpants/ Nice short article by +Jeff Sieh about how hangouts have changed his life. Read the article linked below for the details.  Here is a snippet from that article:Gone are the days where I can sit at the table and work without a care for what I look like.  Gone are the days where a morning shower […]

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Nice short article by +Jeff Sieh about how hangouts have changed his life. Read the article linked below for the details. 

Here is a snippet from that article:
Gone are the days where I can sit at the table and work without a care for what I look like.  Gone are the days where a morning shower isn’t necessary, and a baseball cap is part of my uniform.  Captain Underpants is truly dead.  Now, in any given moment, a client may request a video chat to ask for help with a problem.  Or I may be watching a Google Hangout On Air (more on that in a minute), and the host may ask that I leave the audience and be part of the show. It truly has changed the way that I work.
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#HOA   #Hangouts   #GooglePlus  

Reshared post from +Jeff Sieh

The Death Of Captain Underpants
A hero has fallen.  A new one will rise to take his place.

I struggle with how to tell my friends and businesses associates who are not on Google+ about the power and sheer awesomeness of this platform.

In the article below I attempt to introduce them to an incredible feature of Google+ that has changed the way I do business.

http://bit.ly/1di1vm6

As always your plus 1s, shares, and comments are greatly appreciated.

If you would like to be included in my "Blog Notification" circle here on Google Plus, let me know in the comment section and you will be notified every time I publish a new article or video on my blog.

#googleplustips   #evang +   #hangoutsonair  

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HOA Live Broadcasting… HOA Interface view from the inside http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/10/hoa-live-broadcasting-hoa-interface-view-from-the-inside/ http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/10/hoa-live-broadcasting-hoa-interface-view-from-the-inside/#comments Fri, 10 Jan 2014 19:06:30 +0000 http://www.thehangouthelper.com/2014/01/10/hoa-live-broadcasting-hoa-interface-view-from-the-inside/ HOA TipsIf you have never Hosted your own HOA (Hangout on Air) you may not know what it looks like from the inside. I offer 5 screen shots here for you to check out which shows the latest interface for HOA from the Host's perspective. There are many ways to start up a HOA now […]

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HOA Tips
If you have never Hosted your own HOA (Hangout on Air) you may not know what it looks like from the inside. I offer 5 screen shots here for you to check out which shows the latest interface for HOA from the Host's perspective.

There are many ways to start up a HOA now and if you are not familiar with them all, I'd like to suggest you check out this post/video combination: http://goo.gl/3flkOa

If you look through the screen shots here, pause on the last one (with the Red & Blue numbers) and see if you can identify all the parts and pieces and what they do. We covered them all inside the Hangout Mastery Membership community (a month to month paid membership area).

Today the membership has a training session on using Private HOA… which in my mind is one of the best gifts we've got to date.

If Hangouts or HOA are in your future (or should be), please consider signing up for the membership to learn and interact with others as we all learn together. bit.ly/HangoutMastery
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