Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Google Hanging Out

I have spending an inordinate amount of time in Google Hangouts - mostly with people I met online. In fact, almost exclusively with people I met online. For the most part, we discuss whatever's on our mind just as we would in any telephone conversation or through e-mail. However, you can see one another, which brings a whole new level to the conversation.

Now you can see their expressions when you say something or broach a topic - the kinds of queues that tell you to back off or that someone is excited about whatever it is you have to discuss. It also makes for a more lively discussion because you can see all the body language, gesticulations, and eyerolls you' otherwise miss.

Skype used to have something very similar to Google Hangouts - until they sold it to Microsoft, who quickly monetized the shit out of it and eliminated most of the best features. However, Skype is not without its benefits. Yet I have to admit, I have found no real benefits over Google Hangouts.

© C Harris Lynn, 2012
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