Virtual party time on YouTube!

Mon 18 June 2012 12:45, Tamara Yadvichuk

Virtual party time on YouTube!

Google+ updated their video calling service called Hangouts – from now on when hanging out with your friends on Google’s social network you can watch YouTube movies in a common playlist which everyone can edit. You and your friends can add or remove videos from the playlist you are viewing together.

Hangouts is a free app within Google+ which allows you to video-chat with multiple friends at the same time. A quick comparison: Skype, which is still the most common way of online calling, doesn’t offer group video calls for free, and the video calling app from ooVoo recently added to Facebook doesn’t seem to be that popular so far.

The new feature added by Google+ to their Hangouts lets users share lists of YouTube videos with up to nine friends and watch and update them simultaneously. So, if you’re used to playing music videos on YouTube while hanging out with your friends in real life, now you can do it virtually. During the playback of the video your microphone is muted, but you can use a push-to-talk button when you want to say something.

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In my case, the only problem I have with this feature is that most of my friends don’t use Google+. So, to get them to use this otherwise convenient app I need to convince them to go to Google+ first. All in all, it’s a nice way of sharing YouTube movies.

Anyway, why see your friends in real world with all its dangers and frustrations, if you can invite them to a Hangeout and start a party on YouTube? (J/k, real parties are better). But if you aren’t up to partying on a Monday afternoon, here’s a video to brighten up this rainy day!

 


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