I have been on Google Plus aka G+ since it was launched and to be honest I have been trying to figure out what I was on with little success. I would get added in circles and invited for events and much was going on and I have been basically oblivious.
I recently found myself in the middle of the organising for the launch of the since of Camp Mulla and Wondaboy which is launching on Friday at 2pm and I figured that I might as well try to figure what on earth this Google Hangout is. My actual experience with a hangout initially was watching Alicia Keys and Bruno Mars as they launched one of their singles. Keys was launching Girl on fire while Mars was launching Locked out of Heaven.
It was an interesting to watch the hangout which involved the artist taking to a group of fans across the planet logged on who asked them questions on what they were felling about anything. The questions were those things that fans like asking celebrities like “Do you ever get star struck”” and the like.
So for the first time with a bit of a clue I logged onto G+ and tried to get into the chat. It didn’t happen. I did post something on the event wall then decided that I wanted to post a picture as well. When I clicked the add photos tab at the top I was mightily surprised. What popped up was all the photos I had been snapping away on my cell phone. What this told me was that I could now post any photos I took out there directly to a Google hangout or page. A bit exhilarating and scary at the same time. I picked a humorous picture of me with a Tuskys bag waiting for the rain put it out there. I asked if they had something better than this for me to go out on the town in rainy Nairobi.
I never did get to watch the discussions until today and here I observed Anne Macreath chatting with Sapelle.com‘s Daphne Kasambala who seems to be based in the UK. The discussions WERE on men’s fashion but I have to say I have never been so bored in my life. The thing is they were discussing the hues of colours (earth tones) and materials of the clothes and the cuts and… Zzzz. Talk about fashion even for men clearly has its owners.
So the lessons;
- You can get a group of people together from any part of the world with an Internet connection and a web cam and they will be able to hangout. Thus the Google Hangout.
- You can add photos and comments – text audio or video on any discussion wall of a hangout.
- Photos you took out there are saved by your phone and can be posted directly to the G+ hangout.
- Not all Hangouts will work for everyone.
Thats it for now. If you think that you have gotten this one for you. Try out the following two Hangouts on Friday;
- Camp Mulla and Wonderboy at 2pm – courtesy Sub Sahara Ent
- Eric Wainaina at 3:30pm – Courtesy Mdundo.com