Friday, February 01, 2013

HOW Do Google Hangouts On Air Work Anyway?

In prep for Monday evening's WHAT'S EVIDENTIA? - PART TWO Workshop Hangout (Webinar), we have homework. Ol' Myrt here is going to use Google Hangouts on Air for this event. It's easy, and a lot more fun than GoToWebinar. (It's also free, and now very reliable, which will save me a lot of money every year over GoToWebinar, but I digress.) Here's the skinny. Trust me, you can do this! It's very cool!

  • NOTE: You will see the Hangout announcement in posts DearMYRTLE’s Genealogy Blog and on the joint webinar calendar at
  • You may be accustomed to registering with GoToMeeting, but you only need a Google account to participate in DearMYRTLE Hangouts On Air. Log in to Google, then proceed to the next step.
  • Attendees may respond “yes” to the Event DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community on G+ to receive a reminder and any other notices about the event. 
  • The “location” of the event is the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community:
    If you go there without being logged in you are prompted to do so, or may set up a free Google account before proceeding.
  • Everyone but the panelists will be muted. Ol' Myrt has no way to know who is attending, but can respond to your comments in the chat box  shown in the screen shot below.
  • The Hangout doesn’t “show up” with a button to click and wait for the organizer to enter. Instead, the attendees watch the community page and look for the post with the link I'll provide as I create the Google Hangout. This is reminiscent of BlogTalkRadio, where folks wait on a page on the internet for an event to go live. You will have to click to actually enter the Hangout.
  • Since the event will be recorded, you will need to agree to participate with that in mind.
  • There will be screen sharing, along with the usual voice commentaries. Live video of the panelists will add to the intrigue of this new webinar platform.
This is what the screen looks like in a Google Hangout:

Attendees click at point A to activate the chat dialog box on the right side of the screen. Comments and questions are posed by clicking to type in the box to the lower right of point B.
During this workshop Hangout (webinar) we will enter data in Evidentia and work through several samples. Follow along as Russ advises Ol' Myrt here on data entry using this new document transcribing and analysis software. If your life has gone like mine during the past week, you may need this "Hangout" to get you jump-started again.We won't know if we truly want to add this new Evidentia software to our genealogy tool box if we don't give it a good college try.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
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