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Loren Groves has been at 20 events

Vogue3,994,592Tune into our Google+ Hangout every Wednesday at 9:30PM EST, and get an inside look at Vogue's original Ovation series "The Fashion Fund" The premiere Google+ Hangout on January 22nd features Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig of Marchesa, Misha Nonoo, and Todd Snyder!Fashion Fund Live2014-01-23 03:30:00153  
Ronnie Bincer113,646*Google Plus Hangouts... What are they & why should you use them?* _Watch this live Hangout on Air Event to learn the value offered by this wonderful communications tool._ YouTube Link for Mobile Viewers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G2q9BF0psyM @104858643838035519891  & @108210288375340023376 talked about what a Hangout is, why they matter to you as well as cover some great ideas on how you can use them to help communicate your message. Also covered were details of what happens Before, During and After Google+ Hangouts. Those interested in the Hangout Mastery membership area, check out www.bit.ly/HangoutMastery for details This is also being presented inside the new (not-quite-public-yet) tool called Scheduled HOA. Come see how it works and how you can use it soon. Please leave some questions or comment here along with the promo video, which BTW, will be automagically replaced with the Live Show right before we go live. The Trailer/Promo Video for reference is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=twae-XYvLiA === === #HangoutsOnAir   #HOA   #GooglePlusHangouts   #Hangouts   #SocialMediaTips  Google+ Hangouts... What are they & why use them2013-11-06 17:30:00291  
Google+11,870,223The Google+ team will be sharing a few updates. RSVP to this event to watch the broadcast live.A Morning with Google+2013-10-29 17:30:0033763  
Google Plus Week TV Show489Google Senior Vice President +Vic Gundotra will be joining me to answer your questions (and ours) in a live Google+ Hangout on Air Wednesday at noon Eastern, 9 am Pacific.  Joining us will be +Allen Firstenberg from Google Plus Week and +Nate Swanner from +Android Authority and Our Android Week. Here's last year's interview:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6bAS2Mk2z8 Here is this year's interview, with *your* questions: https://plus.google.com/u/0/hangouts/onair/watch?hid=AP36tYfZ5sy09OFmHtjpQtjO0M5MihMiGc3Y15Yq4aw3Gv8wgnW037-VCsxr2yEk4DfogfE&ytl=KCOLVcznEOQ&hl=enLIVE: Vic Gundotra Answers Your Questions2013-07-03 18:00:00297  
GoldDerby401,938Share your questions and comments with Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad") at our #googlehangout #HangoutsOnAir or at Gold Derby's home page: http://www.goldderby.com/Live Chat with Aaron Paul ("Breaking Bad")2013-06-25 23:30:0078  
Ronnie Bincer113,646Learn Hangout Tips from the pros on *How to Be a Great Hangout on Air Guest*. You only get one time to make a great first impression. Know what to expect and how to prepare for your first HOA Live Broadcast… in 30 minutes or less. {Edit 6/25/13} I've updated the video from the live show so that the sound/video sync is Much Better... If you are viewing on Mobile here is the link to the video to watch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=if23ZsHfvp8 *If you will be a featured guest on someone's HOA Live Broadcast then this discussion is for you.* We'll cover the most common issues you'll run into and how to overcome them. We will also talk about what are the *top 9 things you can do to prepare* yourself to make the best possible impression on the viewing public. This HOA Event is aimed at the Google Plus Community called *Plus Your Business* http://goo.gl/qwIf4 but anyone interested in doing hangouts well is more than welcome to attend. One of the best ways to master the Google Plus Hangouts tool is to watch others use it and learn from what they do right and what they do wrong. The hangouts experts in this event have seen many shows and can tell you what works well and what does not. It is a good idea to be a part of other people's HOA shows before you host  your own, and one way to do that is to be a filmstrip guest. Learn what it takes to be a great guest & you will get invited into live shows again and again. Doing many shows will get you used to the HOA structure and ready to run your own or simply be the best guest you can be to make a great  impression. _Feel free to leave comments on what you think makes a good or bad HOA performance. We may use some of those examples in the show._ #HOAtips  #HangoutsOnAirTips  #GooglePlusTipsHow to Be a Great Hangout on Air Guest... You in the Filmstrip2013-06-20 20:00:00114  
Google Developers2,219,114Google I/O is an annual developer conference featuring highly technical, in-depth sessions, and showcasing the latest from Google's product teams and partners.Google I/O 20132013-05-14 23:00:005060  
John Mayer443,303John will announce tour dates and perform during a special YouTube Livestream with Google+ Hangout on Thursday, March 21st at 5pm PT/8pm ET via http://youtube.com/mayermusic.  We are thrilled to extend an invitation to fans from around the world to submit questions and be randomly selected to participate in the Google+ Hangout. You must be 18+, meet the technical requirements and be available during the instructed times. For full details and to register, head over to billboard.com: http://bit.ly/10QLNo8. Hurry, deadline for submissions is Monday, 3/18 at 2pm PT / 5pm ET! #MAYERISBACKJohn Mayer G+ Hangout: Born & Raised Tour 2013 Announcement2013-03-22 01:00:00753  
NASA2,757,408Having trouble watching the event? Try watching directly on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u8LI5JiWEfs --------- Have you ever asked a question to someone in space? No? Well now’s your chance. In a first for the agency, NASA will host a Google+ Hangout live with the International Space Station on Feb. 22 from 10:30 a.m EST to 11:30 a.m. EST. Google+ Hangouts allow people to chat face-to-face while thousands more can tune in to watch the conversation live on Google+ or YouTube. This unique opportunity will connect you, our fans, with astronauts living and working on the orbiting laboratory 240 miles above the Earth. During the event, several video questions will be selected and answered by astronauts on the space station and on the ground. Additionally, NASA will ask real-time questions submitted by our followers on Google+, Twitter, and Facebook. Unique and original questions are more likely to be selected. You can view the Hangout live on the NASA Google+ page or the NASA Television YouTube channel to watch the astronauts answer the questions. SUBMITTING REAL-TIME QUESTIONS To ask a real-time question during the event on Google+ or Twitter, please use the hashtag #askAstro. You can also post a comment on a thread on NASA’s Facebook page that will open for questions on the morning of the event. WATCHING THE GOOGLE+ HANGOUT To join the hangout, and for updates and opportunities to participate in upcoming hangouts, visit NASA's Google+ page at http://plus.google.com/+NASA. During the hangout, astronauts Kevin Ford, Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn will answer questions and provide insights about life aboard the station. Station crews conduct a variety of science experiments and perform station maintenance during their six-month stay on the outpost. Their life aboard the station in near-weightlessness requires unique approaches to everyday activities such as eating, sleeping and exercising.NASA Long-Distance Google+ Hangout to Connect with Space Station2013-02-22 16:30:008320  
MidBoss563,236Come join us for the first edition of a new weekly hangout series called "Gaymers Hangout!" where Gaymers will..hangout! Talk about new games, news in gaymer culture and more, and encourage bringing gaymers and guests on to chat! Special Guests including Sam from Gamers Against Bigotry! Woo! Technology! #gaymershangout   :DGaymers Hangout! >A Weekly Gaymers Hangout2013-02-11 02:00:0089  
Alicia Keys8,692,777Tonight at 7:00 PM EST, I hope you all will join me in a YouTube Live Stream with Google+ Hangout as I premiere my new album "Girl On Fire" for the very first time!!!!! Can't wait for u to hear these songs!! Tag your questions with #AliciaHangout and some of you may join me! I hope to see u there! Join me at http://youtube.com/aliciakeys tonight at 7pm EST!!!Alicia Keys Premieres GIRL ON FIRE: YouTube Live Stream with Google+ Hangout2012-11-21 01:00:002401  
BandPage1,280Come join J Sider (CEO and Founder of BandPage) with guests Nic Adler (The Roxy/Adler Integrated) & Jack Conte (Pomplamoose) as we have an open discussion and take questions from musicians and the industry, big and small  - live on Google Hangouts! Hey guys, if you have questions make sure you click below! https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/5a8c237a6d9f64a68172a8e68815abaa4477ec7e?authuser=0&hl=enBandPage Sessions Google+ Hangout w/ J Sider2012-11-08 22:30:00166  
BandPage1,280Come join J Sider (CEO and Founder of BandPage) & Steve Rennie (Manager of Incubus and host of Renman Music and Business)  as they have an open discussion and take questions from musicians and the industry, big and small  - live on Google Hangouts! Please leave your questions below - on the day of the event we will be sending people who leave questions a link to join in during the broadcast! Come join us! https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/105a9a8d7e211ee09c35865e4bbb0b68ce0528fc?authuser=0&hl=enBandPage Sessions Google+ Hangout with J Sider & Steve Rennie2012-11-01 21:30:0062  
J. Greene & The Steady410,092RSVP Here to save $3 on Admission: http://do512.com/event/1022510 Friday September 28th, Suite 709 will be debuting their First Official Suite 709 Music Video to the single "Life Won't Let You Down," which they filmed in Chicago while on tour.  Also joining Suite 709 for their release is local Austin Blue, Rock, Roots band, StrawberryJAM, also fresh off the debut of a brand new album.  Houston's critically acclaimed Deep Ella will also be performing, along with the Eric Turner Band, half of which you may have seen as a finalist on America's Got Talent's latest season. Suite 709 has been taking Austin by storm since they launched at SXSW 2010, racking up the Austin Music Awards for "Top 10 new Bands" in 2010 and "Top 5 Blues/Soul Bands" in 2011 alongside Gary Clark Jr. and Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears.  The Band released their new record, "Night & Day" in July which debuted at #13 on iTunes R&B/Soul Charts. Recently off their first major national tour and first Rolling Stone feature, the band's new single "Life Won't Let You Down" has been in the Top 10 most played songs on Austin's 93.3 KGSR. Doors are at 8pm. Show starts at 9pm. Tickets are $7 w/ an RSVP on Do512.com or $10 at the door at Antone's.Antone's Presents: Suite 709 MUSIC VIDEO Release w/ StrawberryJAM, Deep Ella, & Eric Turner Band2012-09-28 20:00:0033  
beatstone2,021,271"In The Spotlight!" is the new Hangouts On Air interview series from @103083353388507768122 bringing you closer than ever before to your favorite Artists. This new series will introduce you not only to the Artist's work, but their journey in the music industry, and their lives outside of music. On September 17th we talk to @109376661285840255174.  Join us as we discuss his journey in the music industry, and learn more about the man himself.      The On Air Event can be viewed at this link goo.gl/Shml5 or on YouTube at goo.gl/qS77Z also."In The Spotlight!" Anacron2012-09-18 02:00:00144  
NASA2,757,408Fifty years ago, President John Kennedy challenged us to go to the moon within the decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard.   As we remember Neil Armstrong this week – the man who, with a single step realized the hopes of a president, this nation and the world – we are recognizing the extraordinary achievements of the past five decades achieved by our nation's space agency and where the passion to explore will lead us in the future.   President Barack Obama has set NASA on course toward an asteroid and to send humans to Mars within the next two decades. This goal is not without notable challenges, but using the knowledge, expertise and American ingenuity that has been the trademark of NASA scientists and engineers for the last half-century, NASA continues to make possible that which is seemingly impossible.   At 3:00 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, September 12, NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers will hold a Google+ Hangout to talk about NASA's rich history of innovation and ingenuity and talk about NASA's future goals for scientific discovery and human spaceflight. During the event, we'll be joined by: - Dan Dumbacher, Deputy Associate Administrator for Exploration Systems Development in NASA's Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate. He is the former Director of Engineering at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Previously, he was the deputy director of safety and mission assurance at Marshall. - Ron Garan, astronaut who lived and worked aboard the International Space Station. He has been in space for 178 days and has conducted four spacewalks. - John Grunsfeld, Associate Administrator for NASA's Science Mission Directorate. He is an astronaut and researcher in high energy astrophysics, cosmic ray physics, and in the emerging field of exoplanet studies. He was also the deputy director of the Space Telescope Science Institute, managing the science program for the Hubble Space Telescope and the forthcoming James Webb Space Telescope. - Michael Lopez-Alegria, the President of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation. He is a former Naval Aviator and test pilot (Capt., U.S. Navy, Ret.), NASA astronaut and International Space Station (ISS) commander. To join the event, visit http://plus.google.com/+NASA at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday.   Ask your questions of the group in the comments below or using hashtag #askNASA :50 Years Later: NASA Discusses Using Innovation and Ingenuity to do Big Things2012-09-12 21:00:00653  
beatstone2,021,271Join us for @103083353388507768122 "In The Spotlight!" this Monday with guest Singer Songwriter @102200998221061156689! You can view "In The Spotlight!" Live on Google+ or our YouTube page at goo.gl/qS77Z  Future Shows goo.gl/j6cyI"In The Spotlight!" Laura Marie2012-09-11 02:00:0083  
Taylor Swift2,714,191Taylor will be talking to fans around the world live online and in a Google+ Hangout on Monday, August 13th! She will talk directly to fans and answer questions in real time. You can submit questions into the live social chat during the webcast using your YouTube account. The webcast will be live across the world starting at 7:00pm ET on August 13 on YouTube.com/TaylorSwift or YouTube.com/Presents.Taylor YT Web Chat and G+ Hangout2012-08-13 18:00:002777  
London 20121,454,001This Thursday we’ll be hosting a LIVE Google+ Hangout with reigning 100m, 200m and 4x100m Olympic champion Usain Bolt – and we want YOU to join in the fun. What would you like to ask the fastest man in the world? Post your questions below with #askbolt then enter your details on this form http://goo.gl/dXGdC and we might be in touch!Hangout On Air with Usain Bolt the day before The Olympic Opening Ceremony2012-07-26 20:15:00998  
Vic Gundotra6,936,357Join us for a night of interactive simulations, hands-on experiences and live musical performances from Train and Paul Oakenfold. If you’re attending, make sure to grab the latest Google+ app for your Android phone and turn on Party Mode to share your experience with the world. #io12Google I/O After Hours with Train and Paul Oakenfold!2012-06-27 19:00:002648  

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Christmas tree shopping in sf :)

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Christmas tree shopping in sf :)

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Typical day

Typical day___

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2014-09-09 18:18:47 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 16 +1s)Open 


Introducing Applause in Hangouts On Air

Like what you see? With Applause, you can now give real-time feedback while you’re watching Hangouts On Air. Just give a thumbs up (or down) during the live broadcast, and we’ll chart the cheers and jeers as they happen.

With Q&A (http://goo.gl/b9Omyb), Showcase (http://goo.gl/4kYQ1S) and now Applause, we’re excited to give viewers and creators more ways to interact live. So give Applause a try in your next Hangout On Air, and let us know what you think!

#hangouts #googleplusupdate ___HOA FTW! 

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Share links with your audience while webcasting via the new Hangouts On Air app, Showcase! 

Showcase content in Hangouts On Air

Hosting a Hangout On Air is a great way to connect with your audience. While viewers are tuned in, this is the perfect time to share or promote something related to the conversation. Using the new Showcase app, hosts can now direct viewers to websites, merchandise, YouTube videos, your Google+ profile and Google Play content, all in a rich display on the right-hand side of the Hangout broadcast. 

Now, anyone can host a live conversation and connect their viewers to a variety of related content. Take a look at how the cast of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes used the Showcase app to link to exclusive footage, movie tickets, and more (http://goo.gl/GngZvv). Also, check out how Common used the Showcase app to promote his new music video and to drive fans directly to the Play Store to purchase his new album in real-time (http://goo.gl/4QGi7O).
There are all kinds of ways to enrich your live conversations using Showcase. We’re excited to see what you’ll share in your next Hangout On Air. Give it a try today: http://goo.gl/oMXG1M !

#googleplusupdate #hangouts___Share links with your audience while webcasting via the new Hangouts On Air app, Showcase! 

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2014-05-12 14:51:50 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

I believe it's called yogging with a soft "j"

I believe it's called yogging with a soft "j"___

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2014-04-24 18:27:38 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Going to miss you boss!

And Then

Last month, my wife's uncle died in a tragic accident in LA when the bicycle he was using to get lunch was hit by a truck. At the memorial service his daughter relayed a very touching story. 

She said her dad (who was her best friend) called every day to talk. But instead of opening the call with the customary "How are you" or "What's going on", her dad always opened the conversation with "And then?" Her father viewed each conversation as a continuation of the last, and what pained her the most was that there were to be no more "and thens". I cried. 

Since then I've thought a lot about how similar this is to our life's endeavors. We pour our heart and soul into our work and it becomes something we love and cherish. But even the challenges we work on today will one day become "and thens" as we move on to the next. 

Today I'm announcing my departure from Google after almost 8 years.

I have been incredibly fortunate to work with the amazing people of Google. I don't believe there is a more talented and passionate collection of people anywhere else. And I'm overwhelmed when I think about the leadership of +Larry Page and what he empowered me to do while at Google. From starting Google I/O, to being responsible for all mobile applications, to creating Google+, none of this would have happened without Larry's encouragement and support.

I'm also forever in debt to the Google+ team. This is a group of people who built social at Google against the skepticism of so many. The growth of active users is staggering, and speaks to the work of this team. But it doesn't tell you what kind of people they are. They are invincible dreamers. I love them. And I will miss them dearly.

Finally, thank you to all those who I've met on Google+. The community here has been so supportive that I don't even know how to say thank you. You all make Google+. Without you, this social network wouldn't exist. Your support for Google+, and for me personally is something I will never forget. 

But, now is the time for a new journey. A continuation. An "and then". I am excited about what's next. But this isn't the day to talk about that. This is a day to celebrate the past 8 years. To cry. And smile. And to look forward to the journey yet to come.

And then....
+Vic Gundotra 

#andthen    ___Going to miss you boss!

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This weekend, some of the best bands in the world will take the stage at +Coachella for a weekend full of live music. Even if you’ll be watching from home, we have a surprise to bring you a little closer to the action.

+CHVRCHES, Zedd and other artists will jump into fans’ Google+ Hangouts live from backstage. Check the schedule on the Coachella YouTube channel below for artist meet-and-greets. Start a Hangout with your friends, and when the time comes, it may bring you face-to-face backstage and directly into the Coachella webcast! 


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2014-03-28 07:24:14 (1 comments, 4 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Pleeeeeeease work!

Pleeeeeeease work!___

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2014-03-07 19:43:45 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Join this hangout now for your chance to be on GMA!

Join this hangout now for your chance to be on GMA!___

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2014-03-01 21:24:44 (2 comments, 2 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

I think we should all strive to be this person. 

I think we should all strive to be this person. ___

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2014-01-30 17:49:33 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 41 +1s)Open 

I wish I was at the park

I wish I was at the park___

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Hell yes...

Hell yes...___

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2014-01-12 17:22:22 (19 comments, 18 reshares, 153 +1s)Open 

Seriously can't help it... This is an amazing song, simple music video, super happy vibes!

Seriously can't help it... This is an amazing song, simple music video, super happy vibes!___

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2014-01-09 16:57:58 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 


#mistletoe ___

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2013-12-20 22:19:55 (9 comments, 2 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Oh ya :)

Oh ya :)___

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2013-12-18 20:22:24 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 24 +1s)Open 

Twinkle :)

Twinkle :)___

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2013-12-13 17:00:02 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 14 +1s)Open 

What a great conversation...

What a great conversation...___

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2013-12-12 23:04:42 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

New Accessibility features for Hangouts!

New Keyboard Shortcuts in Hangouts for Screenreader Users

Today we're launching two new keyboard shortcuts in Hangouts to improve accessibility for people who use screenreaders - one for announcing the current speaker and one for announcing the Hangout status.

1)  Shift+Ctrl+Alt+A then S (PC) or Shift+⌘+⌥+A then S (Mac)
People who can’t see the main video changing as hangout participants speak might not know who is speaking.   This keyboard shortcut helps with that by announcing the name current speaker.

2) Shift+Ctrl+Alt+A then I (PC) or Shift+⌘+⌥+A then I (Mac)
Sometimes you just want to know a bunch of information about the hangout without navigating all around the page to gather all that info.  This keyboard shortcut announces your microphone and camera mute statuses (and any device problems), a list of all the people in the Hangout, and your bandwidth settings.

To view the full list of keyboard shortcuts just type '?' while in a Hangout, or visit this page: https://support.google.com/hangouts/answer/2752487

Give them a spin and let us know what you think!

#googleplusupdate___New Accessibility features for Hangouts!

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2013-12-12 06:18:15 (16 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 

Cheers if you know what this is. 

Cheers if you know what this is. ___

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2013-12-02 12:59:39 (9 comments, 74 reshares, 157 +1s)Open 

Christmas tree shopping in sf :)

Christmas tree shopping in sf :)___

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2013-10-29 16:54:44 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

The generator has arrived! A few minutes to start it up, then restart the equipment. We should be live shortly. Thanks for the patience.

Link to live stream below.

The generator has arrived! A few minutes to start it up, then restart the equipment. We should be live shortly. Thanks for the patience.

Link to live stream below.___

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2013-10-18 02:52:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

You may say I'm a dreamer :)

You may say I'm a dreamer :)___

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2013-10-10 14:54:21 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 57 +1s)Open 

Good morning San Francisco :)

Good morning San Francisco :)___

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2013-09-30 18:14:33 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

#jakebugg   #fillmoresf  

#jakebugg   #fillmoresf  ___

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2013-09-10 14:15:32 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Love this. You are only as strong as your word. 

Love this. You are only as strong as your word. ___

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2013-09-09 18:35:00 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 32 +1s)Open 

home made pizzas? oh ya :)

home made pizzas? oh ya :)___

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2013-09-09 18:33:56 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Sometimes I think the sun reflects my mood :)

Sometimes I think the sun reflects my mood :)___

2013-08-18 17:44:32 (1 comments, 6 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 


As I've eluded to previously, in addition to livestreaming, we do Hangouts On-Air... hundreds since late 2011. Currently 3-5 a week. We have a staff of over 20 people that just manage Hangout production and a freelance network of 100s around the world that we keep pretty busy.

We are often asked for tips. Here are the key tips, in my opinion... for Hangouts On-Air.

1) Hangouts On-Air are EVENTS. When we hang out with our friends, we don't care if they are dressed well, lit well, speak loudly, or show up on time. When we prepare an event for possibly hundreds of people these things become, well, useful. If you want to build a business or marketing plan around hangouts on-air, you need to treat them like an event for 1000 people, not a backyard BBQ.

2) The most important element is the host. Many hangouts suffer from poor hosting. It doesn't mean that the person isn't very knowledgeable, very famous, or very smart. Hosting is an entirely different animal. It requires both a structured mind and a little bit of attention deficit disorder. The key is that the host needs to become bored BEFORE the viewer. They need to push the participants to elaborate when they're not clear, and stop when they have said enough. The host should rarely be the content expert. Watch others to learn the process. In my opinion, +Leo Laporte  (who I have the luxury of working in the same building with) is the most engaging and conversational host in the world. He is, in my opinion, the gold standard for how to move a conversation from subject to subject and person to person. It's easy to watch him... he's on all the time at TWiT.tv 

3) Prepare your participants. Many times people will invite participants that have never used a Hangout into their first Hangout On-Air. The result is often confusion, and poor audio or video quality. One weak connection affects the entire event. We have an entire team focused only on the participant prep for Hangouts. It's that important. Look for fast connections and make sure they are all wearing headphones of some sort. We painstakingly prepare nearly every participant in every hangout, send kits for some and even teams for others. Beyond "surviving" the event... low stress setups lead to more fluid hangouts. Participants are the flowers in your hangout bouquet... drag them along the asphalt right before the event it's not going be nearly as pretty as it could have been.

4) Bookends - Know how you're going to get into the Hangout and then out of it. One of the weakest parts of many hangouts is the open and close. I can't say that we always get it right, but we are always working a plan. For many clients, we only administer the hangout itself to make sure these are as clean as possible.

5) Community is the Content - While the vast majority of Hangouts are singular events, often the most successful Hangouts are campaigns. Hangouts are an important part of a well rounded social diet. When the Hangout is out there by itself, it does OK. When it's part of a larger conversation with the community, it is much more powerful. Look at how to create an ongoing conversation in G+ Communities, Pages, Twitter and even Facebook... where the hangout is highlighting and processing the conversation that's happening across the socialsphere.

6) Why Live? In our opinion, there are only three reasons to do a live event; sports, news, social interaction with the viewers. Find ways to engage your viewers past just the participants in the hangout. This can be through twitter, Facebook, or G+ comments. Creating repeated events and constantly including the general viewing public continually creates a feedback loop that is very beneficial to your brand and your Hangout.

7) Hangouts are about Conversation - While it's important to plan, Hangouts are about conversation. The more freely this happens, the more engaging the event will be. We often see incredible conversations before broadcast that quickly dissolves into a "format" that someone thought would be more powerful. Authentic conversations among passionate people make the event. 

8) Just Do it - Hangouts+YouTube is an extremely powerful platform for causes, businesses, educators and even just folks with an idea. There's nothing else like it and it's constantly improving. Get in when it's growing. If you wait until it's "done", the best real estate will be gone.

Anyway, I hope that helps... at least a little. ___#pixelcorps

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2013-08-08 14:48:54 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

5 great features of Google+ photos. 

http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/talkingtech/2013/08/07/google-plus-photo-tips/2627803/___5 great features of Google+ photos. 

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2013-07-26 15:36:57 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Blue label and friends :)

Blue label and friends :)___

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2013-07-18 15:14:27 (9 comments, 1 reshares, 29 +1s)Open 

Oh ya

Oh ya___

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2013-07-15 23:44:31 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 20 +1s)Open 

My favorite :)

My favorite :)___

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2013-06-15 00:29:50 (3 comments, 1 reshares, 17 +1s)Open 


Notifications that sync across devices, and a new Android app

Starting today, Google+ notifications are much easier to use across mobile and desktop. In particular:

- When you read a notification on one device, we'll mark it as read on your other devices
- Likewise: dismissing a notification (with a swipe or a click) does so everywhere, so you can say goodbye to annoying repeats

We've also updated the look and feel of Google+ notifications, including:

- A new bell icon (in the Google Bar, and in the mobile apps) that lets you know if anything's waiting for you
- An updated notifications tray that separates unread from previously-read items

We're rolling out these notifications improvements gradually — first on Android and the web, then on iOS. In the meantime, we're also releasing a new Android app that incorporates a lot of your feedback. For example:

- You can now delete your photos from the Photos view
- Tapping into a post shows the number of +1's, comments and reshares
- The left-hand menu design is now more consistent with other Google apps

Visit Google Play for the Android update (v4.01, http://goo.gl/ruuHW), look for the new notifications icon over the next few days, and let us know what you think!


2013-05-30 00:39:28 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

have questions? ask the best!

We'll be hosting Office Hours for Hangouts-related questions, concerns, or feature requests. Drop in from 9am-10am PST on Thursday, 5/30.

To allow as many people as possible to enter the Hangout and ask their hangouts question, please be courteous and exit the Hangout once you've received an answer.___have questions? ask the best!

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2013-05-29 14:30:51 (69 comments, 53 reshares, 63 +1s)Open 

This is amazing

This is amazing___

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2013-05-26 16:52:09 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

#jamesblake  tells you how your insides work.

#jamesblake  tells you how your insides work.___

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2013-05-15 17:29:01 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 21 +1s)Open 



2013-05-06 18:15:38 (4 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This is going to be fun to watch :)

___This is going to be fun to watch :)

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2013-04-22 20:21:30 (18 comments, 0 reshares, 23 +1s)Open 

Best lunch ever

Best lunch ever___

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2013-04-07 04:10:40 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Oh ya

Oh ya___

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2013-04-01 16:29:08 (10 comments, 45 reshares, 88 +1s)Open 

Love this. 

Love this. ___

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2013-03-30 00:05:34 (1 comments, 8 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

Not sure if you've had the chance to watch this but it is probably the most powerful conversation in a hangout I've heard to date. 

Not sure if you've had the chance to watch this but it is probably the most powerful conversation in a hangout I've heard to date. ___

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2013-03-28 16:17:44 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 30 +1s)Open 


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2013-03-26 16:39:50 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

#artofmanliness  goes through the life of Jack London to illustrate the #Thumos  that drove him to greatness. 


#artofmanliness  goes through the life of Jack London to illustrate the #Thumos  that drove him to greatness. 


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2013-03-22 16:06:51 (4 comments, 0 reshares, 40 +1s)Open 

Breakfast for your face

Breakfast for your face___

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2013-03-22 00:22:50 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 45 +1s)Open 

My weekend plans... to a T

Only those who attempt the absurd can achieve the impossible.
Albert Einstein___My weekend plans... to a T

2013-03-20 19:26:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Let's hear it for happy jalapeños!

Let's hear it for happy jalapeños!___


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