Google's Hangouts Example

by Michey

I am glad that people experiment with GooglePlus Hangouts in so many ways which proves the power of this feature.

Handout in Politics

First Hangout in politicsBret Baier moderated yesterday (Nov 16th) on Special Report, the first ever Google's Hangout in politics.

It was Republican Candidate Mitt Romney with 3 normal people like you and me.

What is a hangout - a video conferencing in which up to 10 Googleplus users can chat on-line in real time, a great way to comunicate face-to-face

It was a pleasant surprise for me that in addition to the ways I suggeste to use hangouts, which is powerful tool for businesses which use remote workers, for interviews, for meetings with partners and so on, we can add now a new effective field "politics".

The Story

Yesterday I was tire working on my next Digital Product. I decided that I needed a sort brake.
My ideal break will be a 30 min or one hour walk in the park, this usually clear my head and is healthy. But it was raining and I wanted only a short break.
So I jumped to Foxnews to see what is new. Surprise the first ever Hangout in politics.

Citizen - Ales On Handout

Ales From Connecticut
Ales From Connecticut
Screen Shot From Hangout

The Old Way

We have serious problems in this country now, high unemployment, an economy which instead to improve is failing down even deeper. 
The polls show that over 70% of Americans consider that the country is going in the wrong direction.

So we straggle to choose the best candidate but we do it in the old format which is obsolete.
We ask vital questions: about Economy, foreign policy...
And we give the candidates 30 sec or even one minute to respond.

I really think that we encourage the superficiality.
In the old way the candidates will give you only a slogan without details. The best example has been "change".

How you can give in 30 seconds your foreign policy?

How you can explain a turn around of economy in 30 seconds or even in a minute?

Citizens: Peter and Mike on Handout

Perer Intern From  DC
Perer Intern From DC
Screen Shot From Hangout
Mike From Nevada
Mike From Nevada
Screen Shot From Hangout

The New Way

Deffinitely must be a new way of finding out more the 30 second/one minute resposes for problems which are so vital to out well being.

In this example:

  • Republican Candidate Mitt Romney was in Columbia South Carolina
  • Brit from Special Report was the moderator of Hangout - Washington DC
  • Ales, Peter, and Mike were three US citizens who joined the conversation

 What makes Handouts special is the multi-dimensional conversation, everybody can speak with everyone else.

YES, the Google's Hangout is an example of a better way.


  • The response can be as long as the candidate wishes
  • We can have how many rebattles as we consider we need to clarify the subject
  • No time constrains at all
  • To participate, all you have to do is set your status as available and if you are a Google+ active user, people from within your circles are able to connect with you via video live feed

  • The video chat is free!

I am very comfortable with this idea.

Updated: 12/13/2011, Michey
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WriterArtist on 06/18/2013

30 seconds is definitely not enough for answering any question, the new method provides a better way of answering the queries.

Mira on 03/23/2013

Interesting article. I agree with your point: 30 seconds of slogans are no good. A real discussion is what's needed, and not one between politicians.

Michey on 11/17/2011

Thanks for the info, even thought I was born in Europe, after so many years I am not updated correctly with what is going on there... Too many laws which act as restrictions are NOT a good ingredient for business grow and will affect more small businesses vs. big businesses.
The technology helps, in some domains Europe is in frond of us, in others is behind, but overroll I think it has the potential of doing more for the little guy.

Michey on 11/16/2011

Yes, it will be crazy, but I hope for the better... I'll watch carefully for sure. It really is great to know that we the people can have a voice if we decide to use it!

Holistic_Health on 11/16/2011

Wow, 2012 is going to be a crazy year with everyone using their shiny new tablets, cell phones, and Hangouts. Should make for some good arguments, I mean discussions.

Michey on 11/16/2011

Yes Jeanie, it was a great surprise for me, and a well deserved little brake.
This come back to my old mantra that "less restrictions create wonders, inspire creativity and quality communications". A lot of restrictions inhibit creativity and create panic... look at our economy now.
Thanks for stepping by

SidewalkPhilosopher on 11/16/2011

This is excellent, Michey! Time to use our voices!!

Michey on 11/16/2011

This is my hope as well
Thanks Antje

Michey on 11/16/2011

Joan, exactly, this is the power, we have a voice... for a change!

petunia on 11/16/2011

Yes! This is great! Now the politicians can hear from the everyday citizens!

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