Google Meet (formerly Google Hangouts)

Google Meet v Zoom

While Zoom is our default video meeting zoom, there are a few use cases for using Google Meet.

  • If your Zoom meeting is being used by another team member when you want to video meet with someone else, you can create a Google Meet call
  • Some clients can access Google products but cannot use Zoom, so your team may default to Google Meet in those cases
  • There is no time limit length for Google Meet calls (wheres as Zoom has limits for the basic users)
  • With both Google Meet and Zoom, you can share the meeting info (link and dial in info), but with Google Meet you can dial someone into the call yourself
  • In Zoom, only the meeting host (or co-hosts) can mute others, but in Google Meet anyone can mute anyone

Google Meet Specifics

  • Use Google Meet video chats in the browser (no download needed
  • You can add a Google Meet to a meeting invite by clicking "Add conferencing" on the event management page.
  • You can also start or share a Google Meet from Slack by typing /hangout
  • You can dial people into a Google Meet call.
  • A Google Meet invite dialog can generate a phone number that people can call

Video Call 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 Google Meet if your camera is off
  • We use the chat and screen sharing features
  • 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 video call professionalism (consider the appropriateness of background visuals/noise, attire/dress, use of effects, eating, muting, etc.)
  • It's okay to mute others or ask them to mute themselves
  • We can invite people outside of CivicActions
  • If someone hears an echo & you don't, then it's likely your computer creating the echo. Try using headphones or plugging them in again
  • Use screen sharing for demos and for pairing

Google Meet Accessibility

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.

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