Over the years, many of us have become conditioned to use Skype for video podcasting. Easy to understand why – it’s cheap and relatively easy to use.
Times are changing, however. There’s another solution that may work even better: Google Hangouts.
“Google Hangouts” is basically Google’s version of Skype. But it does a lot more. Hangouts are part of the Google+ family – so if you don’t have a Google+ account, you’ll want to set that up. There are many reasons aside from Hangouts to get started with Google+, but Hangouts seems to be the most popular functionality in Google+.
So what can you do?
- Broadcast publicly – live or recorded. By checking “Enable Hangouts On Air,” you can broadcast your live hangout—from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your website—to the entire world. If you want a private recording, you can do that too.
- See how many viewers you’ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
- Record and re-share. Once you’re off the air, Google uploads public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way it’s easy to share and discuss your broadcast after it’s over.
That last point is what is so handy. Instant distribution on YouTube or on your own site.
Give it a try and let me know what you think.