Google Plus Hangouts are both powerful and to me at least they are partially addicting. Since joining my first hangout nearly three weeks ago I have participated in over a dozen. Some have been with 9 other people and others have been one on one.
To those who didn’t read my earlier entry on hangouts and may not be familiar with what they are, here are the basics. A Google plus hangout is a video chat with up to 9 other Google+ users. The Google+ hangout interface is smooth and even when joining on from my Evo 4G, the video and sound is for the most part is solid. After hanging out with a number of different folks from varying background and walks of life, I have started to ask myself this question about Google Plus hangouts: Are they habit forming?
I say this as I tend to see the same folks on and hanging out when I check my hangout canopy or take a look at gphangouts.com. I recently asked a number of people in hangouts how many total google plus users actually participate in hangouts. The number that most see to say is about 1000.
Out of of that 1000 I have to suggest that most are highly active hangout participants. Even for me, since first hanging out I find myself seeking hangouts and meeting new people. Just this Saturday night, my wife and kids were out of town. Pre-Hangout me would have been behind my PS3 all night fragging people or on youtube looking for BJJ techniques on my iPad. Not this time. I was hanging out. In fact I was on a few different hangouts and ended up logging off at 1:15am. I had some great dialogue about G+, Hangouts, gaming and even a rubiks cube competition. I was enjoying a few beverages and quite possibly ended up being ” that guy ” and overdoing it but hey it is rare that I have the house to myself and the irish blood coursing through my veins may have got the the best of me on Saturday.
Being able to have engaging conversations and meet people that I otherwise would have never met is quite a rewarding experience. As G+ grows I think the scale and scope of hangouts will grow as well. I do believe at least for me hangouts could be habit forming and addictive. I gather others may feel the same why. If they are not than why do we tend to see the same folks hanging out?
I look forward to meeting more of you and extending my reach and as celebrities like will.i.am, Adrian Grenier, Felicia Day and more start to take advantage of hangouts to reach their fans, I think their popularity will grow more and more. By then I may need hangouts anonymous. ” Hi my name is Dan. I am addicted to G+ hangouts. ” My question is will be ironic to host Hangouts anonymous on Hangouts?
- Felicia Day Turns to Hangouts to Promote New Show (nytimes.com)