Playing with Google Hangouts

Screen shot 2012-09-01 at 2.26.43 PM I've been playing with Google Hangouts quite a bit this past week and am learning a lot about Google+ in the process.  I had just about given up on this social network, but my interest has been renewed.  There is a lot I like about Google Hangouts, but still many features that I think needs to be developed.  Here are my favorite features:

  1. It's FREE!
  2. You can have up to 10 people in a video chat and unlimited viewers through Google+ Hangouts on Air
  3. The Screenshare option and Apps being developed are very cool!
Some features that I'm not a big fan of:
  1. You can't have a private hangout (this is a big one)
  2. It can be very confusing for a non-active Google+ user/non-techie
  3. Seems to be glitchy
Overall it's a very cool technology, but Skype will continue to be my go to video chat platform.  Google has already put a lot into this development and I think they will continue making it worth watching.  I plan to keep playing with it and I do think it fits some niche uses, just not most people's everyday use.  While I don't think it's for everyone YET, keep an eye on this and invite me to hangout sometime!