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Google+ Hangouts Screenshare: Share Desktop View with Family, Friends, and Co-Workers

Google+ Hangouts Screenshare: Share Desktop View with Family, Friends, and Co-Workers

Google+ social networking service offers Screenshare feature in Hangouts that allows users to share their desktop view with family, friends, and co-workers.

Google launched Google+, a social networking service to challenge the ever-growing Facebook, last July, and since then has been working tirelessly to give users all the features and functions they could ever want, many of which Facebook has gone on to mimic on its own site. The one thing that still sets Google+ apart from Facebook is the Hangouts feature.

Hangouts allows users to create video chatrooms filled with virtually an unlimited number of people; it’s social networking in it’s purest form: face to face. Google launched Hangouts with Extras last September in order to test out new features and get feedback from users, and eventually incorporated some of these “extras” this past January.

One of those extras is Screenshare: share what’s on your computer screen with everyone in the hangout. The feature allows you to switch back and forth between views so that you can show family and friends a video, a picture, or anything else you desire. You could even use Screenshare to hold an impromptu teaching lesson to show how to use a particular program or service.

To get started, visit Google+ and navigate to “Start a Hangout” on your stream page.

Now check your mic, picture, and choose who you want to make the hangout visible too: a single person, group, or type of people.

Select “Screenshare” from the menu on the at the top of the hangout screen.

Select a window to share and then it should replace your webcam view at the bottom.

Now, for others to join all they have to do is select the “Join” button that should appear on the right-hand side of their stream page as well as in their stream flow.

Their view (be it desktop screenshare or webcam) will then appear at the bottom alongside yours.

It’s that easy.

Stay tuned.

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Jared Moya
I've been interested in P2P since the early, high-flying days of Napster and KaZaA. I believe that analog copyright laws are ill-suited to the digital age, and that art and culture shouldn't be subject to the whims of international entertainment industry conglomerates. Twitter | Google Plus

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