Google+ Hangouts on Air Live Broadcasting Opens for All
Google's Hangouts on Air allows users of the company's social media site, Google+, to broadcast live on the Web.Google took the beta wraps off Hangouts On Air, which gives users worldwide the ability to create instant Webcasts over Google+, the companys fledgling social networking site. Through the service, members who are looking to connect with the larger Web audience can do so through checking "Enable Hangouts On Air," where users can broadcast their live Hangout from the Google+ stream or the users YouTube channel or Website. During the broadcast, users can look inside the Hangout to see how many people are watching live. Google will also upload a public recording to the YouTube channel and to the original Google+ post for discussion. The company said the rollout would take place gradually over a period of weeks, due to the immense process of launching millions of live stations simultaneously. News programs like "CBS This Morning," entertainers such as Conan OBrien, and the Global Poverty project are launching this week, according to a Google blog post.
The Hangouts features help facilitate group video chat, with a maximum of 10 people participating in a single Hangout at any time, though anyone on the Web can join in if they possess the URL leading to the page. The platform is one of many Google is employing to lure members of other social media sites like Facebook, which counts 900 million members worldwide, and the microblogging site Twitter.