Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Is there a delay in live Hangout On Air?

There is little, if any delay, in the live broadcast for VIEWers of a G+ DearMYRTLE Hangout On Air and what is going on for a JOINer on the HOA panel. I'm glad David wrote to express his concerns, so I can set his mind at ease. Please check my response following his comments.

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: Google Hangouts
Getting into tonight's DearMYRTLE Uncut HOA
Date: Wed, February 13, 2013 1:28 pm
From: David H
Just wanted to express two challenges that I see, but first let me say I understand what you are doing, why, and I support it, just see a couple challenges. First, and minor is today as a [GoToWebinar] participant, I click on one link and I'm there. It won't be that easy obviously with the Hangouts, but nothing that can't be overcome.  

The second and bigger concern is that if you are a VIEWer and seeing things five minutes after the fact, knowing that will probably make me and others less likely to participate, knowing that whatever we are commenting on, or questioning is now five minutes old and the conversation has probably moved on. Again, just might be something that will have to be overcome and understood by not only the audience, but the presenters as well.


GLAD you wrote to Ol' Myrt here, David.

I don't believe the delay is anything more than a second or two - it is a LIVE video stream.

There is just an INITIAL five minute difference between when Ol' Myrt here publishes the link for JOINERS before I actually start the HOA. This provides:

  • time to get the JOINers mics working
  • time for everyone else (the VIEWers) to go to DearMYRTLE's YouTube channel, press "Feed" and make sure the other window or tab is open for post questions to the panel via DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community.

But the LIVE video stream begins at the same time for all as I press the record button.

Ol' Myrt here won't officially start the welcome until after that recording starts.

It may take some time for us to weave a live VIEWer's question into the panel discussion, but that happens in webinars as well. There it is a matter of waiting for a good time to interrupt whomever is speaking.

The real beauty of G+ Hangouts on Air is that we are no longer limited to 100 in a DearMYRTLE GoToWebinar ($99 monthly). We are continually turning people away, as I receive notices about who tries to "get in" during the webinar. Literally thousands can VIEW the live broadcast of a Hangout On Air.

So all that remains is for potential G+ Hangout on Air JOINers and VIEWers to receive "how to" info about this new process for attending. The KEY is joining the Google+ DearMYRTLE's Genealogy Community, where I post that info.

We're adaptable - we're genealogists.

Happy family tree climbing!
Myrt     :)
Your friend in genealogy.

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