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Ready, set, broadcast with Google+’s Hangouts on Air


With Google+ Hangouts, you’ve long been able to do free videoconferencing for up to ten people. Now, with Google+ Hangouts on Air, anyone can also broadcast to a world-wide audience.

According to Chee Chew, a Google Engineering Director, “If you have something to say-as an aspiring artist, a global celebrity, or a concerned citizen-you can now go live in front of a global audience. With just a few clicks, you’ll be able to:

  • Broadcast publicly: 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.
  • 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, we’ll upload a 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.”

People are already using this to broadcast news, town hall meetings, classes, and concerts. In short, with Google Hangouts on Air, people are already reaching a global audience from their living room.

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