Thing 9 presented us with a couple options for web-based connection tools, one of which was Google Hangouts. My institution is a Google Apps school, so we use Hangouts several times each week. Hangouts in that context are fairly easy to setup and/or join.
When I have used Hangouts outside of work, sometimes they can be more difficult – especially when you start to bring in more than one or two people. Many months ago, I was part of a few Virtually Connecting sessions (1, 2, 3) and used Google Hangouts on Air. Those sessions were a lot of fun, although they came with a few more responsibilities behind the scenes for setup. This gave me the opportunity to learn more about the ‘on air’ version of Hangouts – although with Google’s frequent changes to its offerings I may need to re-learn it.
Our 23 Things course facilitators are holding a Hangout live session at the end of this week. Due to the time difference I will need to sit this one out…see the rest of the group on Twitter instead?