After initially offering the service to a limited number of users, Google is finally rolling out its Hangouts on Air feature to Google+ users around the world.
Weâ€™ve seen some great uses of people being able to publicly broadcast their hangouts, from celebrity interviews to showcasing non-profitÂ initiatives.
Curious about what the new feature holds? Google explains:
Broadcast publicly. By checking â€śEnable Hangouts On Air,â€ť you can broadcast your live hangoutâ€”from the Google+ stream, your YouTube channel or your websiteâ€”to the entire world.
See how many viewers youâ€™ve got. During your broadcast, you can look inside the hangout to see how many people are watching live.
Record and re-share. Once youâ€™re off the air, weâ€™ll upload a public recording to your YouTube channel, and to your original Google+ post. This way itâ€™s easy to share and discuss your broadcast after itâ€™s over.
The feature will be gradually rolling out to users worldwide over the next few weeks, and Google suggests some public hangouts that you can tune in to while youâ€™re waiting to gain access yourself.
The possibilities of Hangouts on Air are near limitless â€“ whether you want to hold a presentation, a virtual conference, panel or roundtable discussion, or even want to hold an online concert. Video bloggers and podcasters also have a new tool at their disposal for live blogging, interviews and more.
How are you going to use Hangouts on Air? Let us know in the comments.