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Monday, August 15, 2016

Hangouts Going Away? No worries for us

Folks have been pinging Ol' Myrt about today's announcement from Google that hangouts are moving from Google+ to YouTube Live starting September 12th. Cousin Russ and I foresee no problems. Before we moved to the "Business Hangouts" wrapper, we were scheduling all our hangouts via YouTube anyway. In fact we created the following video almost a year ago:

Schedule and Promote a Hangout (via YouTube) in 10 minutes or less:

You'll find Google's specific advice about doing this in list form here:

Just remember there are two types of YouTube Live streams:
  • Stream Now (spontaneously live)
  • Events (These can be scheduled in advance!)
With "YouTube Events" you may:
  • Create a web page or blog post with details of the topic, date and time of the YouTube Event.
  •  Add the URL for the YouTube Event to your web page or blog post so people know where to watch.
  • NOTE: If your YouTube Channel has over 1,000 subscribers, is monetized and has Google AdSense activated, you have the option of embedding the video in your web page or post. DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel complies on all requirements and has for about 3 years.
Cousin Russ and Ol' Myrt here will continue to use the same Business-Hangouts interface we've used since the beginning of the year since it doesn't require Google+ to operate.

We had previously used the YouTube Events for about 18 months prior to 1 Jan 2016. If there is a hiccup on day 1, we can quickly revert back to the "OLD TO US, new to everyone else" method. No worries, folks! We've got this! 

Hangouts: Pay what you want. So it's simple. If you value the work Ol' Myrt, +Cousin Russ and our beloved panelists do week in and week out on your behalf, please:

Check the DearMYRTLE Hangouts Calendar for upcoming study groups and hangouts. There you'll find links to the GeneaConference (in-person) and the GeneaWebinars Calendar with over over 200 hours of online genealogy classes, webinars, live streams and tweetchats from other hosts and presenters over the next 12 months.