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Google AdSense1,655,437Following our three part blog series on user experience, we'll be hosting a live Hangout On Air on Tuesday, October 9th at 10:30am PT / 1:30pm ET. See us put these principles in action by helping an AdSense publisher make UX improvements to their site. We'll add the Hangout On Air link to this event five minutes prior to starting. We hope you can join us!User Experience Principles Hangout On Air2012-10-09 19:30:00257  

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2012-10-25 22:44:24 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm having a small issue with Hangouts. Would anyone know why I can enter someone else's Hangout but can't start one of my own? I can click the "Start A Hangout" button, but then it just stalls.
Anyone know why I might be experiencing this? I have all the drivers and plugins installed...

Most reshares: 2

2013-09-25 06:14:19 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BarCampMilwaukee 8
Milwaukee, WI
 
For the eighth consecutive year, BarCampMilwaukee is returning to Bucketworks the first weekend in October.  Bucketworks will host the event at its current Grand Avenue location.  Doors open at 9:00 AM, Saturday October 5th.
 
A BarCamp is a wholly unique event that provides a free, open-environment forum where the participants are in charge of what happens. It is an interactive conversation where professionals and curious alike come to learn, teach, and imagine. This revolutionary “unconference” allows participants to float from one session to another, and encourages the development of interesting ideas and spontaneous discussion. Since the first BarCamp in the US eight years ago, hundreds of BarCamps have been organized throughout the world.
 
Throughout BarCampMilwaukee’s eight year run,participan... more »

Most plusones: 4

2012-01-16 17:21:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

First day at my new job!

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2014-02-03 00:10:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I'd grab that U2 song if there was some other means besides iTunes... does Google Play have it? ‪#‎SuperBowl‬

I'd grab that U2 song if there was some other means besides iTunes... does Google Play have it? ‪#‎SuperBowl‬___

2014-02-03 00:04:13 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

With the popularity of live streaming video, why aren't there bands that put on their own halftime or pre-game concerts, the way the networks used to schedule alternate halftime programming? ‪#‎SuperBowl‬ #hangoutsonair  

With the popularity of live streaming video, why aren't there bands that put on their own halftime or pre-game concerts, the way the networks used to schedule alternate halftime programming? ‪#‎SuperBowl‬ #hangoutsonair  ___

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2013-12-28 23:38:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm breaking my friend +Gregg Wandsneider in with Google Hangouts. He's really enjoyed it so far. Come join our fun!

I'm breaking my friend +Gregg Wandsneider in with Google Hangouts. He's really enjoyed it so far. Come join our fun!___

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2013-12-10 21:15:08 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Ever get the feeling you were being watched? Because it's more true than you think...

Ever get the feeling you were being watched? Because it's more true than you think...___

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2013-10-22 19:58:04 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Need to bush up on your coding? #GitHub has 500 different books up for grabs FREE!

500 Free Programming Books up for grabs on GitHub! 

It started off as a community compiled list of free books on StackOverflow. Then Victor Felder, who was updating the list,  put it all up on GitHub for everyone to grab.

I don't know about you guys, but this repository is going to keep me busy for a while!

The books: http://goo.gl/dYdyLv

Follow me for daily posts like this one!

src: http://goo.gl/4W0j1h___Need to bush up on your coding? #GitHub has 500 different books up for grabs FREE!

2013-09-25 06:14:19 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Excited to see #BarCampMKE  on track! If you live in or around the Midwest, this long-standing tradition in the #Milwaukee   Meetup community is definitely an event you don't want to miss.

#tech   #webdevelopment   #hacking  ... anything you want to learn or teach!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BarCampMilwaukee 8
Milwaukee, WI
 
For the eighth consecutive year, BarCampMilwaukee is returning to Bucketworks the first weekend in October.  Bucketworks will host the event at its current Grand Avenue location.  Doors open at 9:00 AM, Saturday October 5th.
 
A BarCamp is a wholly unique event that provides a free, open-environment forum where the participants are in charge of what happens. It is an interactive conversation where professionals and curious alike come to learn, teach, and imagine. This revolutionary “unconference” allows participants to float from one session to another, and encourages the development of interesting ideas and spontaneous discussion. Since the first BarCamp in the US eight years ago, hundreds of BarCamps have been organized throughout the world.
 
Throughout BarCampMilwaukee’s eight year run, participants have been involved in a wide array of session topics ranging from:
Software Development: Ruby on Rails, Drupal, and JavaScript.  
Technologies: 3d printing/scanning, video editing, robots, and solutions for non-profits.
Solutions for small businesses and non-profits.
All the way to things like Zombie Defense Preparation, lockpicking, sushi making, and many other topics for makers, DIYers, artists and other creatives.
Register for BarCampMilwaukee 8 at barcampmilwaukee.org
 
Bucketworks is a “health club for the brain.” A co-working, meetup, and practice space for creative professionals offering memberships and space rentals for the community. Bucketworks is a program of The School Factory, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that builds value-creating communities and spaces to transform education, economy, and talent.
 
When: Doors open Saturday, October 5th at 9:00 AM and close at 9:00 PM
Where:  Bucketworks -161 West Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI  53203
 
CONTACT:
Tim Syth (grow@bucketworks.org)
Director, Bucketworks (414.301.1414)___Excited to see #BarCampMKE  on track! If you live in or around the Midwest, this long-standing tradition in the #Milwaukee   Meetup community is definitely an event you don't want to miss.

#tech   #webdevelopment   #hacking  ... anything you want to learn or teach!

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2013-08-24 01:25:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Any #ReverendHortonHeat  fans?

Check out the LIVE STREAMING show, as they perform from King Street in #Madison , WI! The show just started. Enjoy!

Any #ReverendHortonHeat  fans?

Check out the LIVE STREAMING show, as they perform from King Street in #Madison , WI! The show just started. Enjoy!___

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2013-08-11 19:26:09 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Could this be an opportunity for #GooglePlus to capitalize? Younger crowds - like teens - enjoy being able to make social networks their own, with an environment that lets them explore on their own terms.

I would say that G+ - compared to Facebook - is more ripe with innovation and idea-sharing which truly allows its users to break away from the social minutia that keeps people from achieving strides in personal growth.

Sometimes, having smaller circles to interact with others allows us to focus our thoughts and ideas, as well as provide them better context for the benefit of others who would best appreciate them.

It might be kind of a big leap from Snapchat, Vine and Instagram, but could G+ lure in younger users who think Facebook is "trying too hard"? Do you think the writing might be appearing on the wall for Zuck's platform? Share your thoughts.

Could this be an opportunity for #GooglePlus to capitalize? Younger crowds - like teens - enjoy being able to make social networks their own, with an environment that lets them explore on their own terms.

I would say that G+ - compared to Facebook - is more ripe with innovation and idea-sharing which truly allows its users to break away from the social minutia that keeps people from achieving strides in personal growth.

Sometimes, having smaller circles to interact with others allows us to focus our thoughts and ideas, as well as provide them better context for the benefit of others who would best appreciate them.

It might be kind of a big leap from Snapchat, Vine and Instagram, but could G+ lure in younger users who think Facebook is "trying too hard"? Do you think the writing might be appearing on the wall for Zuck's platform? Share your thoughts.___

2013-07-29 17:24:37 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I read an article on Lifehacker not too long ago - one I'm sure you may have read - about using Dropbox to host a website. Have any of you guys tried that and, if so, how did it turn out?
I ask because I was thinking of doing something similar for a few low-traffic personal sites and wanted to see if there were any kind of restrictions on doing such a thing, as opposed to paying for Rackspace...

I read an article on Lifehacker not too long ago - one I'm sure you may have read - about using Dropbox to host a website. Have any of you guys tried that and, if so, how did it turn out?
I ask because I was thinking of doing something similar for a few low-traffic personal sites and wanted to see if there were any kind of restrictions on doing such a thing, as opposed to paying for Rackspace...___

2012-12-19 01:29:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Want to learn more about WordPress 3.5? Check out the +Milwaukee WordPress meetup LIVE ON AIR right now!

Milwaukee WordPress hung out with 9 people. #hangoutsonairDustin Filippini, Scott Offord, Brad Parbs, Mike Zielonka, Michelle Schulp, Robin Kruk, Benjamin Pett, Mark Jaquith, and Dj Brensinger___Want to learn more about WordPress 3.5? Check out the +Milwaukee WordPress meetup LIVE ON AIR right now!

2012-11-09 21:19:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Just $3.79 on Google Books... a bargain at any price, really...

Just $3.79 on Google Books... a bargain at any price, really...___

2012-10-26 23:39:47 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Join our on-air audience for an afternoon radio show that features fun topics, '80 new wave, '90s alternative, indie rock and a few other surprises.  (NOTE: Due to copyright restrictions, there will be no music in the Hangout, but you can listen to the show on your iPhone or Android device using the TuneIn Radio app)

So far, our Hangout audience has included people chilling out on the beach, as well as places like Uganda and South Africa.

Hey, everyone! I need to apologize for the technical issues that cut our Hangout short last week. I went in to the station last night to tend the matters, so everything would run smoothly tomorrow!

Join our on-air audience for an afternoon radio show that features fun topics, '80 new wave, '90s alternative, indie rock and a few other surprises.  (NOTE: Due to copyright restrictions, there will be no music in the Hangout, but you can listen to the show on your iPhone or Android device using the TuneIn Radio app)

So far, our Hangout audience has included people chilling out on the beach, as well as places like Uganda and South Africa.

Hey, everyone! I need to apologize for the technical issues that cut our Hangout short last week. I went in to the station last night to tend the matters, so everything would run smoothly tomorrow!___

2012-10-25 22:44:24 (8 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm having a small issue with Hangouts. Would anyone know why I can enter someone else's Hangout but can't start one of my own? I can click the "Start A Hangout" button, but then it just stalls.
Anyone know why I might be experiencing this? I have all the drivers and plugins installed...

I'm having a small issue with Hangouts. Would anyone know why I can enter someone else's Hangout but can't start one of my own? I can click the "Start A Hangout" button, but then it just stalls.
Anyone know why I might be experiencing this? I have all the drivers and plugins installed...___

2012-10-06 18:16:15 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+BarCamp Milwaukee will be in session soon. I plan to post streaming sessions via Hangouts On Air as I'm able. Keep posted.

+BarCamp Milwaukee will be in session soon. I plan to post streaming sessions via Hangouts On Air as I'm able. Keep posted.___

2012-09-29 19:48:14 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Hey everyone! We had a few audio issues with the Hangout, but now we're good! Come join us...https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/dbf730b07abd74c852d3bdf3ee63e43bc04e889b?authuser=0&hl=en-US#

Hey everyone! We had a few audio issues with the Hangout, but now we're good! Come join us...https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/dbf730b07abd74c852d3bdf3ee63e43bc04e889b?authuser=0&hl=en-US#___

2012-06-19 16:15:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Okay, everyone. The Best Practices Hangout is LIVE NOW!

yifatcohen is hanging out with 9 people right now in a live Hangout On Air! #hangoutsonairArt Boulet, Glenn Johnson, Anthony Park, Tom Rolfson, Luis Galarza, Ashley Erickson, Randy Hilarski, Blair Warner, and Clive Roach___Okay, everyone. The Best Practices Hangout is LIVE NOW!

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2012-06-19 15:57:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Set to air in just a few minutes... get insight as to what has made Google Plus and Hangouts so powerful, plus etiquette tips from innovators and power users.

How to run the best Hangouts.

----- ★ღ ----- TOMORROW, 11am CST / 12pm EST / 5pm GMT ----- ★ღ --

Tomorrow I'm talking with +Tom Rolfson who was involved with Hangouts since they first launched!
 Tom is one of the team who helped +Daria Musk behind the scenes get her show on the road. He was also involved in helping +Sarah Hill with her initial Hangouts show.
Tom is currently working on the development of a system that will allow streaming of shows from clubs and radio stations.

JOIN US TOMORROW AND LEARN
- Technical requirements  (camera, lights, extensions)
- Promoting your Hangouts On-Air
- Interacting and managing your hangouts
- Finding Hangouts
- Etiquette 
- Ideas for Hangouts.

WE'LL TAKE YOUR QUESTIONS TOO - In the stream, on YouTube and during the Hangout.

*Here's what time that is in your part of the world*  http://bit.ly/L9A1BY


#hangoutsonair   #onairhangouts   #onair   #bestpractices   #gplusgotogal   #techtuesday   #techtalks  ___Set to air in just a few minutes... get insight as to what has made Google Plus and Hangouts so powerful, plus etiquette tips from innovators and power users.

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2012-05-30 03:30:25 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

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2012-03-14 07:13:47 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

I'm sure I'm not the first to mention this, but it's still a great feature... can't wait to try it.

I'm sure I'm not the first to mention this, but it's still a great feature... can't wait to try it.___

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2012-03-13 16:44:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

...after all, who among us only goes to one specific fast-food joint?

...after all, who among us only goes to one specific fast-food joint?___

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2012-03-10 20:26:45 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

If you go to the download site, however, it says they will continue the promotion until Sunday night... whoever you care to trust.

If you go to the download site, however, it says they will continue the promotion until Sunday night... whoever you care to trust.___

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2012-03-10 03:32:25 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Today's 25¢ album 

Today's 25¢ album ___

2012-03-02 21:23:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

If you're looking for excellent SEO, get in touch with +Orion Group, LLC !

If you're looking for excellent SEO, get in touch with +Orion Group, LLC !___

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2012-03-02 07:14:30 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Now that Raspberry Pi has launched, what innovative uses do you plan to implement with yours?

Now that Raspberry Pi has launched, what innovative uses do you plan to implement with yours?___

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2012-02-29 14:54:42 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

The beta is ready! Download it here...

The beta is ready! Download it here...___

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2012-02-29 14:22:24 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Today is launch day!

Today is launch day!___

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2012-02-10 02:16:18 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Packed house at +Web414 

Packed house at +Web414 ___

2012-02-05 23:22:27 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Go #Patriots!!! #Superbowl

Go #Patriots!!! #Superbowl___

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2012-01-29 03:45:26 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Is President +Barack Obama or +The Whiners listening to us?!
I only have 1 hour and 20 minutes left!

In my YouTube submission, My Question to the President for the January 30 Google+ Hangout with the White House , I explain to the President that our means of communication has changed and now we share thoughts and ideas in social media. But, is he really listening?

I need your HELP! To ask him this question, I need you to visit http://www.youtube.com/whitehouse and search for "communication is evolving" once you see my video, click the thumbs up. Once you're done, share this video. Let's find out if the President is listening to what we're saying!

PLEASE RE-SHARE ONCE COMPLETE!

Is President +Barack Obama or +The Whiners listening to us?!
I only have 1 hour and 20 minutes left!

In my YouTube submission, My Question to the President for the January 30 Google+ Hangout with the White House , I explain to the President that our means of communication has changed and now we share thoughts and ideas in social media. But, is he really listening?

I need your HELP! To ask him this question, I need you to visit http://www.youtube.com/whitehouse and search for "communication is evolving" once you see my video, click the thumbs up. Once you're done, share this video. Let's find out if the President is listening to what we're saying!

PLEASE RE-SHARE ONCE COMPLETE!___

2012-01-16 17:21:51 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

First day at my new job!

First day at my new job!___

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2012-01-10 05:13:21 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

Seriously... geeked... out. Seeing an open-source variation of the media center GUI such as this enter the arena as the integrated television starts to reach critical mass. I know there's also Boxee, but they're rumored to be dedicating its production solely to the set-top boxes after the upcoming release.
Imagine being able to customize the interface and add unique features, among other things...

___Seriously... geeked... out. Seeing an open-source variation of the media center GUI such as this enter the arena as the integrated television starts to reach critical mass. I know there's also Boxee, but they're rumored to be dedicating its production solely to the set-top boxes after the upcoming release.
Imagine being able to customize the interface and add unique features, among other things...

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2012-01-09 04:10:38 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Great Article on the History of Movie Industry Lobbying

• 1920’s – the record business complained about radio. The argument wasbecause radio is free, you can’t compete with free. No one was ever going to buy music again.

• 1940’s – movie studios had to divest their distribution channel – they owned over 50% of the movie theaters in the U.S. “It’s all over,” complained the studios. In fact, the number of screens went from 17,000 in 1948 to 38,000 today.

• 1950’s – broadcast television was free; the threat was cable television. Studios argued that their free TV content couldn’t compete with paid.

• 1970’s – Video Cassette Recorders (VCR’s) were going to be the end of the movie business. The movie businesses and its lobbying arm MPAA fought itwith “end of the world” hyperbole. The reality? After the VCR was introduced,studio revenues took off like a rocket. W... more »

Great Article on the History of Movie Industry Lobbying

• 1920’s – the record business complained about radio. The argument wasbecause radio is free, you can’t compete with free. No one was ever going to buy music again.

• 1940’s – movie studios had to divest their distribution channel – they owned over 50% of the movie theaters in the U.S. “It’s all over,” complained the studios. In fact, the number of screens went from 17,000 in 1948 to 38,000 today.

• 1950’s – broadcast television was free; the threat was cable television. Studios argued that their free TV content couldn’t compete with paid.

• 1970’s – Video Cassette Recorders (VCR’s) were going to be the end of the movie business. The movie businesses and its lobbying arm MPAA fought itwith “end of the world” hyperbole. The reality? After the VCR was introduced, studio revenues took off like a rocket. With a new channel of distribution, home movie rentals surpassed movie theater tickets.

• 1998 – the MPAA got congress to pass the Digital Millennium Copyright Act(DMCA), making it illegal for you to make a digital copy of a DVD that you actually purchased.

• 2000 – Digital Video Recorders (DVR) like TiVo allowing consumer to skip commercials was going to be the end of the TV business. DVR’s reignite interest in TV.

• 2006 - broadcasters sued Cablevision (and lost) to prevent the launch of a cloud-based DVR to its customers.

Today it’s the Internet that’s going to put the studios out of business. Sound familiar?

#SOPA___

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2012-01-09 02:23:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

A few weeks ago, there was a bit of talk about Chrome Canary. How does this beta compare to that?

Chrome is going SUPER!

Google just release a new version of #Chrome in Beta that supposed to be better and faster.... I need to check it out by myself!...

#tech #browsers___A few weeks ago, there was a bit of talk about Chrome Canary. How does this beta compare to that?

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2012-01-08 22:59:56 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

This would certainly be useful on those Chicago trips...

This would certainly be useful on those Chicago trips...___

2012-01-07 07:02:15 (6 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

Okay, I hope this isn't a dumb question... When you see a circle share post and it says "[Name] shared a circle with you", does that mean you're part of the circle being shared or that it's merely being shared?

Okay, I hope this isn't a dumb question... When you see a circle share post and it says "[Name] shared a circle with you", does that mean you're part of the circle being shared or that it's merely being shared?___

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2012-01-07 06:51:17 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

I learn so much about cutting-edge tech from all the awesome folks on +Google+ ...

I AM SOOOO GETTING THESE!!!___I learn so much about cutting-edge tech from all the awesome folks on +Google+ ...

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2012-01-07 06:40:09 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

We've all been there- including myself. There are times when I flat out freeze in Hangouts (or my browser does :P). I do my best to get over what insecurities I'm dealing with that day and stay in the conversation, though, and I've had a lot of fun. If you're going to make the most of your G+ experience, take the leap and get in some Hangouts. It will prove to be a game-changer in your social media life.

*Hangout Lurking - Just Say NO*

Have you tried a hangout yet? They are a fabulous way to take this social media G+ experience to the next level and create some real life friendships with amazing people from all over the world. Check out some of the things I've seen in hangouts! --> https://plus.google.com/107982618909749811163/posts/9UnybDGq6NH

The ONLY thing that most people in the hangout community will ask is - Please communicate in some way

There is a text based chat, voice chat and a web cam option. If you've never video chatted before jumping right into all 3 can be a bit much with strangers. Especially if you are shy. We understand. We were all there at some point too.

But typing hi in the chat is a great place to start. Even typing or speaking a simple.. "Hi, new to hangouts a bit nervous about the camera/voice part... hope thats ok"

I 1000% bet the hangout will be warm and welcoming and understanding... Promise.

Simply joining, saying nothing, being black screened and watching other people who ARE taking the risk to be open and sharing - is strange. The people in the hangout are not a TV show to be watched, but real people - sharing life and themselves. Participate in SOME level or you are being as rude as ignoring someone who is directly speaking to you in "real life". I hope everyone can see the difference here.... right? You can do it! Try a hangout when you see one... I promise you will be glad you did.

Have you joined a hangout? Are you too nervous? Does the idea of camera chat terrify you? Were you a shy person who has since found great friends? Tell us!___We've all been there- including myself. There are times when I flat out freeze in Hangouts (or my browser does :P). I do my best to get over what insecurities I'm dealing with that day and stay in the conversation, though, and I've had a lot of fun. If you're going to make the most of your G+ experience, take the leap and get in some Hangouts. It will prove to be a game-changer in your social media life.

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