Google+ A Place To Hangout

Google+ offers the perfect place to hangout in cyberspace.

Still wondering if google+ is somewhere you want to go? There are so many social media venues it really is difficult to decide where to spend your time. One thing you might want to consider is the fact that google is the 800 pound gorilla in the room so playing in their back yard and posting your links on their sites just could bring some extra juice to the SEO table. Just some organic food/juice for thought!

I spent considerable time on the site this past week and find it very exciting. I am talking to people globally and they are all willing to share and help since it is still in beta testing mode and we are all learning together. As a hybrid between facebook and twitter I think you will find google+ fun and soon to be profitable there is an ease in sharing with people open to learning about what it is you have to offer.

Hangout is the name of the feature where you can video chat with many people at once on google+. The originator of the group invites people by e-mail or opens it to the public and it can be posted on your stream that you are in a hangout. You can discuss specific topics or just roll. As you are reading this think about how you could talk with potential buyers or sellers about real estate in your market. Consider hosting a lender at your computer like a talk show guest to talk about new loan programs or even a HUD representative talking about the programs to save owners from foreclosure. The topic list is endless so just open your mind and think VIRTUAL information where buyers and sellers can meet you in the comfort of their home or office. They can read all about you on your google profile and connect with you all over cyberspace. Your guest speakers can be with you in person or on their own computer in their office.

July 18, 2011 I participated in a "hang out" for writers. We had people from Russia, Ireland, Pakistan, Boston University, Washington State and Germany. We all were writing for about 50 minutes. It was fun to hear the clicking of the keys as everyone was madly writing then after 50 minutes we opened the mic and talked to one another. During the work time the chat room was open so you could chat with anyone who just wanted to instant message. Below is a screen shot of what hangout looks like. The chat room is on the left and the video in the center. At the bottom you can see the people that were in the hangout room. On the right you can see my google+ stream.

To get started in the hangout room you have to install google voice and video chat on your computer and you are all set to go! This video shows how simple it is.

Check out all the hangouts taking place at any given time. Just click on the link and once you have installed your google voice you can jump right in and participate.

As a "vintage player" I was respectful of the conversation and tried not to be disruptive. I turned off my video to see about taking a screen shot on my new imac thinking I had turned off the sound too… lesson #1 mute the mic if you are going to talk outside of the chat room they could not see me but they heard me… yikes learning curve! There is a video mute and a mic mute!

Enjoy some of our fun engagement that took place in the course of about 15 minutes.

Thank you to Rebecca Blain, who is a contract writer and set this up to encourage people to write.

Talking about writers in general and their persona's.

"I don't agree with alcoholism but I love Hemingway."

Cleo Lomax blogger, mother and writer had her baby in a swing sleeping and her son sleeping in her lap as you can see in the first screen shot. She was able to connect with the virtual world while watching her kids and engaging with other writers… WE got to see her in her living room and she really shared some great insight as to other writings being discussed like Twilight and Harry Potter.

"What ever I read influences my writing so I try to keep my reading on the same vein as my writing."

Game of Thornes "Not the best thing to do unless you want to kill all your characters "

Moshin.. writes on political topics… Pakistan.

We all got an invite to the youtube you can all watch the video with Tim getting a masters degree in music education. He was to do an interpretation of this video.

Monica had her light saver from her profile photo and showed it to us as her profile picture is dark.

Felix from Ireland said: "This is like work watching everyone write then discussing things." Felix is customer support for gaming industry at Big Fish Games! He wanted no favors for Big Fish Game requests!

Book character discussion led to: Be tolerant of loss… as soon as you meet a character be prepared to die. Plot development.. this is like a writing class with the people sharing their writing journey.

Monica has a boyfriend who is writing a book on bird sounds…. he has a visual representation of the sound…. he takes the audio and converts it to print. My comments were "why wouldn't he do an e-book with the sounds as an audio link so people "birders" can listen?" The answer was…. the scientific community processes through print and the project is complicated..

An idea arose from the concept of audio waves for Felix from Ireland a science fiction writer… he says: "How cool is that… navigating through space on bird vibes."

You read it hear first.

Do you see how creative you can get with the hangouts. The perfect place to brain storm with people from across the world. We had theme ideas flowing and input on music enlisting the brain power of friends at google+.

What about a press conference on a hang out at google+ share the breaking news and events from your office?

Celebrities are doing it! You should too! Mark Hoppus from Blink 182. Just so you know, is very active and already has hosted a Google Hangout with fans;

Think about using google+ to present your product or service.  You can create a presentationon youtube and share it with everyone in the hangout or present photos from picasa then discuss it. Remember youtube, picasa and google are all connected. If you have been putting it off, go right now to get a youtube account and a picasa account for your photos. Connecting "juice" from the same tree is going to ROCK your SEO!

Why not share google+ with your customers and explain how they might use hangouts in their business? You may not need  "go to webinar" for some topics just have people hangout with you. Maybe google will add screen sharing…. who knows.. but for now and informal presentation to get together no matter what business you have can lead to real time connections.

If you need an invitation to google+ just let me know. I will need your e-mail to send an invitation.

Hangout on google+ for free. Invite your clients to the office and bring in their lap tops to get them set up on google+ so you can all "hangout" with the cool kids!

Google- The Anti Social Networking Site

Google- Moves in on the Google+ phenomena

Breaking news in the social media world! Google- has come on the scene with incredible features to dazzle cyber citizens. The site starts with a universal list of followers and you just have to defriend the people you don't like. Hence the Anti-Social network site. There is a thumbs down option along with an auto birthday post to all your friends including an all caps and exclamation point choice. There is a "street alert" app which auto posts to your smart phone when you enter a business that is affiliated and also sends discount coupons to all your friends

For all the exciting details on google- watch this video.

Someone in my circle on google+ asked if there was a "slap button" instead of a poke!

Now in all seriousness Chris Brogan has created a multi video post on how to use google+. It is google+ 101 and give a nice overview of the subject.

Google+ is a beta test. It is an open format where there might not be a lot of privacy. Bottom line on that one is: don't go there if you are saying things you don't want others to see! To me it appears like it as an open platform and people are very accepting of everyone being new and trying to learn the systems. 10,000,000 members on a private invitation concept in a few short weeks says it might be around to stay for awhile.

A guy in one of my circles shared that he posted a new blog on google+ and it was ranked on google with that one post. Who knows what will happen with the SEO juice when you post at the main plant. I am thinking this might be BIG. The reception I have in the first 2 days has been great. I feel like #LarryCrowne in the scooter gang with unconditional acceptance at this point by Cyber Superstars!

Guy Kawasaki was commenting back and forth with me today about Enchantment:


Guy Kawasaki
– 11:18 AM – Public
I know we're all supposed to be all warm and fuzzy, kumbaya, socially engaging on G+, but this screenshot shows the potential of G+ for commerce. The link for redeeming Enchantment became a Bit.ly trending link in about two minutes.

I was the 1st comment There are 31 comments in between but here was our abbreviated conversation.

Carra Riley – It's now HARD Ball.. the games have begun!

Guy Kawasaki – +Carra Riley Mine are of steel

Carra Riley – Guy Kawasaki I KNOW.. did an interview with you at Blog World 2009… I know you are the Holy Kaw but I am the Cosmic Cow Pie… :) Helping vintage learners become digital citizens! We should talk!

Guy Kawasaki – +Carra Riley Hah, I'm a vintage guy these days too!

JF – Guy I agree that this definitely has potential if your circles are large enough and you are a recommended person to circle, like yourself. Hard to image a small fry getting those same results.

Guy Kawasaki – +JF The whole point of social media, in my bizarre opinion, is that nobodies are the new somebodies. Used right, anyone can be a "somebody" using social media.

JR – +guy Kawasaki Like the Kardashians!

Carra Riley – +Guy Kawasaki +JFMaking a vintage user feel good!

TM – Nicely done, Guy! Great illustration of the potential!

From the conversation with Guy i have coined the phase "Vintage Participant" VP's to mean baby boomers in a digital world.

For google it could be that the third time is a charm. The wave and buzz did not work so well but looks like google+ could be on it's way to giving facebook and twitter a run for it's money or should we say advertisers!

Come play in my circle and if you don't have an invite let me know and I can take care of that! I got the juice!

Is it google- or google+ in your experience?   Want to join the "VP Gang?"