Google Hangouts


Google Hangouts are video chats in the browser. Here are some tips for using Hangouts:

  • You can add a Google Hangout to a meeting invite by clicking "Add video call" on the event management page.
  • You can also start or share a hangout from Slack by typing /hangout.
  • You can dial people into a Hangout. A Hangout's "invite" dialog can generate a phone number that people can call.
  • Use screensharing for demos and for pairing.

Best Practices

  • Be on time - please! Every 10 seconds actually matters
  • Default to video on for all video meetings
  • Add a photo to your account so it shows up in Hangout if your camera is off
  • We use the chat and screensharing features often
  • Turn off your camera or reduce bandwidth if connection is poor
  • Use some kind of headset or headphones instead of relying solely on computer mic (computer mics can sometimes create echoes)
  • Use proper etiquette for Hangout professionalism (consider the appropriateness of background visuals/noise, attire/dress, use of effects, eating, muting, etc.)
  • It's okay to mute other each other
  • We can invite people outside of CivicActions
  • You can also use the Hangout to call people in via phone: call people in via phone
  • If you want to focus on just one participant (or their screen, if they're screensharing), you can stop the screen from switching by clicking on their picture/screenshare. To go back to automated switching, just click it again. stop screen switching
  • If someone hears an echo & you don't, then it's likely your computer creating the echo. You can try to plug in headphones or unplug & replug them in.

Available Commands

  • /to, /msg [user][message] - Sends an inline private message to the specified user.
  • /shortcuts - Open keyboard shortcut help screen
  • /help, /? - Displays a list of command descriptions and usages.
  • /goto [user] - Opens the profile of the specified user in a new tab.
  • /mute - Mutes the audio of the caller.
  • /unmute - Unmutes the audio of the caller.
  • /vmute - Mutes the video of the caller.
  • /unvmute - Unmutes the video of the caller.
  • /users - Displays a list of participants in the video call.

Hangouts shortcuts