Be together when you’re miles apart—try a virtual hangout!

Google hangout_img_video_callToday, a “hangout” has a whole new meaning that doesn’t necessarily involve getting together in the same room. If you have friends or family that can’t come to your home for a party, let them hangout with you via a live computer feed during your next gathering.

One of the most commonly used apps for having a virtual gathering is called Hangouts. Made by Google and free to download, it lets you send messages, photos, emoji, and make live video calls with your friends and family (up to 10!). Hangouts is available in Gmail, Google+, as an app for your iOS or Android device, and as a Chrome extension (a special add-on to your Chrome browser). With so many options, you can keep in touch whether you’re at home, in the office, or on-the-go.

What is an emoji? It’s a cute graphic that you can add to your conversation to have some fun—for example: emoji

As part of Hangouts, you can wear a virtual party hat, grow a mustache, or give your friend a tiara during your video chat. Be sure to check it out.

If you want to Hangout you’ll need a Google+ account to get access to all of Hangouts’ features including group video calls, sharing photos, and using Hangouts with Google+ circles. To get an account, start here. Download Hangouts: Google Play | iTunes App Store | For your computer. Need more help? When all else fails Google “Google Hangouts.” After all the best place to learn about anything Google is to Google it!

About DeAnne Boegli

DeAnne Boegli is the National Public Relations Manager for TDS Telecommunications which means she wears a lot of hats on a day to day basis. DeAnne jumped on the social media train early (TDS joined Facebook in 2008) and has been keeping her team at TDS up-to- date with the rapid changes in these popular online sites, in addition to her more traditional public relations, reputation management and media roles. DeAnne holds degrees in Journalism and Psychology from the University of Wisconsin- Madison and has over 20 years of experience in the communications industry. She has been in telecommunications at TDS for the past 13 years; prior to that she managed corporate communications for Rayovac which is also headquartered in Madison, Wis. In her spare time, she teaches dance classes at a studio she started in 2001. So, if you need to learn to tap dance she could help. We all know some PR types are known for dancing around issues, but not DeAnne she tells it like it is and just dances for the sport of it. DeAnne has a unique blend of corporate and entrepreneurial experience which gives her great perspective in talking with business owners and marketers like you.

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2 Responses to Be together when you’re miles apart—try a virtual hangout!

  1. Shelia D.minor December 21, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    This sounds great but what doyou need to do this, do you need like a webcam or something to do this?

  2. Missy December 23, 2013 at 8:11 am #

    Hi Shelia,

    Yes, you’ll need some kind of webcam or a smart phone camera to Hangout.

    MK

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