Hangouts on Air Events are part of the social fabric of Google Plus. They are very valuable for the people viewing the broadcasts as well as those that are doing the broadcasting.
When a Hangout on Air (HOA) Event is done well, the Event page will act like a wonderful meeting area where people watching (and those presenting) can interact with each other, build relationships and easily identify those with shared interests.
However, inviting people to events, or knowing when you’ll receive notifications or alerts is still a bit of a mystery for most of us. Probably because Google doesn’t actually document what’s what in these areas since they are likely afraid of spammers causing “event abuse”.
How careful do you need to be to manage your circles if you are inviting people or circles to an Event? What if you invite someone who has already been invited by you or someone else? When and why do you get alerted about events, and what type of activity on an event page causes those alerts to show up? Who sees those alerts? And there are plenty more questions to ponder.
Here is a screenshot of many different types of notifications you might see related to HOA Events as shown in the Notification Sidebar on Google Plus. And this isn’t all of them!
How can you manage what events you are invited to, or at least get alerts about? There are some answers we have figured out. A group of us gathered together to research, test and verify results regarding these and other questions for more than 17 weeks. What we ended up with will prove helpful for many.
We’ll be presenting our findings in a (you guessed it…) HOA Event on the topic. Below is the video embed from that HOA Event so you can watch it here, or you can visit the HOA Event page itself, look at more of the details and interact with others in the comments.
Since all of this also involves Hangouts on Air, if you’d like to become more skilled at using that very valuable tool for broadcasting your message, check out the AllAboutHangouts.com training site where we Train You for Hangout Success.