Hanging Out On Google+

Real Estate Agent with Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd IA100052670

Hanging out on Google+

Still wondering if google+ is somewhere you want to go?  There are so many social media venues it really is difficult to decide where to spend your time.  One thing you might want to consider is the fact that google is the 800 pound gorilla in the room so playing in their back yard and posting your links on their sites just could bring some extra juice to the SEO table.  Just some organic food/juice for thought!  I spent considerable time on the site this past week and find it very exciting.  I am talking to people globally and they are all willing to share and help since it is still in beta testing mode and we are all learning together.  As a hybrid between facebook and twitter I think you will find it fun and soon to be profitable there is an ease in sharing with people open to learning about what it is you have to offer.

Hangoutis the name of the feature where you can video chat with many people at once on google+.  The originator of the group invites people by e-mail or opens it to the public and it can be posted on your stream that you are in a hangout. You can discuss specific topics or just roll. 

As you are reading this think about how you could talk with potential buyers or sellers about real estate in your market. Consider hosting a lender at your computer like a talk show guest to talk about new loan programs or even a HUD representative talking about the programs to save owners from foreclosure.  The topic list is endless so just open your mind and think VIRTUAL information where buyers and sellers can meet you in the comfort of their home or office.  They can read all about you on your google profile and connect with you all over cyberspace. Your guest speakers can be with you in person or on their own computer in their office.

July 18, 2011 I participated in a "hang out" for writers. We had people from Russia, Ireland, Pakistan, Boston University, Washington State and Germany.   We all were writing for about 50 minutes.  It was fun to hear the clicking of the keys as everyone was madly writing then after 50 minutes we opened the mic and talked to one another.  During the work time the chat room was open so you could chat with anyone who just wanted to instant message.  Below is a screen shot of what hangout looks like.  The chat room is on the left and the video in the center.  At the bottom you can see the people that were in the hangout room.  On the right you can see my google+ stream.

Google+ screen shot

To get started in the hangout room you have to install google voice and video chat on your computer and you are all set to go!  This video shows how simple it is.

Google Talk

Start chatting right from Gmail or iGoogle

Check out all the hangouts taking place at any given time.  Just click on the link and once you have installed your google voice you can jump right in and participate.

Google+ Hangouts

As a "vintage player" I was respectful of the conversation and tried not to be disruptive.  I turned off my video to see about taking a screen shot on my new imac thinking I had turned off the sound too... lesson #1 mute the mic if you are going to talk outside of the chat room they could not see me but they heard me...  yikes learning curve! There is a video mute and a mic mute! 

Enjoy some of our fun engagement that took place in the course of about 15 minutes.

Thank you to Rebecca Blain, who is a contract writer and set this up to encourage people to write.

Talking about writers in general and their persona's.

"I don't agree with alcoholism but I love Hemingway."

Cleo Lomaxblogger, mother and writer had her baby in a swing sleeping and her son sleeping in her lap as you can see in the first screen shot. She was able to connect with the virtual world while watching her kids and engaging with other writers... WE got to see her in her living room and she really shared some great insight as to other writings being discussed like Twilight and Harry Potter.

"What ever I read influences my writing so I try to keep my reading on the same vein as my writing."

Game of Thornes   "Not the best thing to do unless you want to kill all your characters "  

Moshin.. writes on political topics... Pakistan. 

We all got an invite to the youtube you can all watch the video with Tim getting a masters degree in music education.  He was to do an interpretation of this video.

Monica had her light saver from her profile photo and showed it to us as her profile picture is dark

Felix from Ireland said:  "This is like work watching everyone write then discussing things."  Felix is customer support for gaming industry at Big Fish Games!  He wanted no favors for Big Fish Game requests!

Book character discussion led to:

Be tolerant of loss... as soon as you meet a character be prepared to die.  Plot development.. this is like a writing class with the people sharing their writing journey.

Monica has a boyfriend who is writing a book on bird sounds.... he has a visual representation of the sound.... he takes the audio and converts it to print. My comments were "why wouldn't he do an e-book with the sounds as an audio link so people "birders" can listen?"

The answer was.... the scientific community processes through print and the project is complicated..

An idea arose from the concept of audio waves for Felix from Ireland a science fiction writer... he says:

"How cool is that... navigating through space on bird vibes." 

You read it here first. 

Do you see how creative you can get with the hangouts.  The perfect place to brain storm with people from across the world.   We had theme ideas flowing and input on music enlisting the brain power of friends at google+.

What about a press conference on a hang out at google+ share the breaking news and events from your office?

Celebrities are doing it!  You should too!

Mark Hoppus from Blink 182. Just so you know, is very active and already has hosted a Google Hangout with fans;

Think about using google+ to present great deals of the week in real estate you can have a property on youtube and share it with everyone in the hangout or present photos from picasa. Then discuss it and even have a lender in the hangout to talk about financing.  Remember youtube, picasa and google are all connected.  If you have been putting it off, go right now to get a youtube account and a picasa account for your photos.  Connecting "juice" from the same tree is going to ROCK your SEO!  

Why not share google+ with your buyers and sellers and explain how they might use hang outs in their business?  May not need to "go to webinar" for some topics just have people hangout with you. Maybe google will add screen sharing.... who knows.. but for now and informal presentation to get together no matter what business you have can lead to real time connections. 

If you need an invitation to google+ just let me know.  I will need your e-mail to send an invitation.

Google+ a great tool and it is free. Think about having an office event where you have your clients bring in their lap tops and get them set up on google+ so you can all "hangout."

Comments (67)

Tara Stone
eXp Realty - Alexandria Township, NJ
NJ Estates and Stables

Just when I think I am somewhat up on the Tech info..I have never heard of this..looks like I have some learning to do.  Thank you for useful info

Jul 21, 2011 06:36 AM
Jeff Hollister
Native Californian with 20 years serving OC Buyers & Sellers - San Clemente, CA
Real Estate Broker, Serving Orange County, CA

Thanks for sharing, Carra.

Great job posting. I will look into this very soon!

Jul 21, 2011 06:37 AM
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg Real Estate

Thanks for the info, glad you find it useful. I, like a few others here, can't get excited about it just yet.

Jul 21, 2011 07:05 AM
Great info I mean it your detailed description of the network was awesome and it was funny about the whole forgetting to mute the sound. If possible I would really appreciate a invite to Google plus my email is guillermo.serafin@gmail.com thanks.
Jul 21, 2011 07:11 AM
DeAndrea "Dee Dee" Jones
Home Buyers Marketing II, Inc. - Manassas Park, VA
The NorthernVARealEstateLady & DMVRealEstateChick

Thanks Carra, my husband just sent me a Google+ invite and I didnt know what to do with it.  Now I know it has some useful capabilities.

Jul 21, 2011 08:24 AM
Virginia Hepp - Mesquite NV REALTOR
Desert Gold Realty - Mesquite NV Homes For Sale - Mesquite, NV
Mesquite NV Homes and Neighborhoods - Search MLS

Carra,  Bob told me that AR will add the G+ option soon.  In the meantime, my AR outside blog feeds on one of my website pages, so I added the plus button to that page, now my outside blog has the Plus button when it comes up in searches, which is cool.  You can plus it on the search results page, but it is not on my blog.

Did that make any sense at all?  :)

Jul 21, 2011 08:27 AM
Karen Baker
Sunset Beach and Beyond Realty - Sunset Beach, NC
Professional Help with Rapid Responses...
Carra This is worth sharing and Reblogging when I get back in front of my computer. Fabulous information! Will need to bookmark too. Thanks so much! What an experience to chat globally!
Jul 21, 2011 09:28 AM
Jan Chilton
Myrtle Beach, SC
Real Estate Marketing

They are also developing another aspect of it to offer "business pages" the way Facebook has done.

The only thing I'm afraid of is that it's not going to be free.  Keeping my fingers crossed that it will be, though. They've said to be sure your profile now is a personal one.  They are deleting profiles that are set up as businesses to use them with the future project.

It's being criticized for not allowing you to have a private profile, and how they are really verifying that the person really exists...no anonymous profiles or multiples either.  So it's being policed a lot more than Facebook in many aspects.  I like that, personally!

If you already have a Google profile, it's going to attach to that.  So whatever you have on there will be visible, including any photos you have in Picasa.  If you have a Blogger blog, the photos on it are stored on Picasa...so if you set about to delete any, be sure you aren't using them.

Look me up and connect too!  And if you need an invite I'll also be glad to oblige.


Jul 21, 2011 09:46 AM
Paddy Deighan MBA JD PhD
federalfinanciallawgroup.com - Vail, CO
Paddy Deighan J.D. Ph.D

nice blog, I will give hang out a try and see what happens.  I have notice that Bing is getting a lot of traction now too

Jul 21, 2011 12:23 PM
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Thanks for the update.  I know this is something I need to be working on and getting involved with.  I have bookmarked the post.

Jul 21, 2011 12:29 PM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

I am haning out now on google+ with some writers so want to see what it is like.. come on over! 


it will be open for talk at 5.. right now they are all writing! 

Jul 21, 2011 12:48 PM
Pam Dent
Gayle Harvey Real Estate, Inc. - Charlottesville, VA
REALTOR® - Charlottesville Virginia Homes / Horse

Carra - Love your creative ideas about how Google+ can benefit your business.

Jul 21, 2011 03:55 PM
Bill Reddington
Re/max By The Sea - Destin, FL
Destin Florida Real Estate

Love to have the time to play the google game. A different form of prospecting I guess. 

Jul 21, 2011 05:32 PM
Dale Shin
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Los Angeles, CA
Broker Associate

Your write up was great!  It helped me to understand what this google+ is all about.  Now I'm more interested in signing up.  Thanks!

Jul 21, 2011 05:57 PM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Lori~  I am so happy to be in your circle!  This really is where you need to be for the SEO on your posts!  So come on down!

Linda ~  You are most welcome.. so let's circle up when you get there!

Ben ~ you are right on!  Game changer! 

Frank ~ good philosophy.. it works!

Jim ~ Glad to be of service.

Joshua ~  It totally is a game changer.. you are going to fit right in.. come and look at some of the people I am following and then follow them back.. it's easy like twitter... start to comment on some posts and people will just talk to you!

Jeremy ~  You will be glad you did.. then you can share with your clients.

Gil~  Sent your invite out.. let me know if you got it!

Chris ~  glad to help plant the seed and get you going! It just takes practice!

Bob ~ I understand completely.. so if you have to drop fb and twitter do that to learn google +

Tara ~ I now embrace the term "life long learner"  everyday there is something new... So I just get on that horse and ride!

Jeff ~  You will be glad you did!


Jul 21, 2011 08:00 PM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Lyn ~ I understand.. but you will!

Guillermo ~  I sent you an invite.. let me know if you got it..

DeAndrea ~  Smart husband.. keep that guy!

Virginia ~  Great to hear that.. it is very easy just like the fb like.... mmm so the google+ is on the google search with the 1+ but not on the blog itself... over my head at the moment..it's late but I can ask in my circles tomorrow!  Everyone there is FANTASTIC!

Frank and Karen ~  Thank you so much.. I went back to the same group today and they all remembered me and we worked together again.

Jan ~ Mashable had to take down their branding logo today and Jeff put his picture up.. I shared the post.. it was very humble and so the businesses will get in the game after the PEOPLE have their say!  I have a couple of people who work at google in my circles and they are talking directly.. doing surveys.. very cool!  So we can circle up!  That will be fun!  Looking to do a hangout tomorrow with Gene Mundt to practice so watch for us and come and visit. 

Paddy ~  Good to hear.. nice to have choices when looking for things.

Gene ~  Yes, this is one you should be an early adaptor on!

Pam ~  I believe it will be very important to the real estate business.

Bill ~  Yes, the 21st century way of prospecting.. sharing your knowledge and people will come to you.

Dale ~  Glad to be of help.. and let's circle up!


Thanks to evevyone and let's trade circles!  We can practice with one another! 

My vanity url is supposed to be  http://plus.google.com/CarraRiley    I got it right away but sometimes it does not go through.. so just search my name and you will find me.. only 1 of that name! 


Jul 21, 2011 08:25 PM
Jim Paulson
Progressive Realty (Boise Idaho) www.Progressive-Realty.info - Boise, ID

I was looking forward to a "Hangout" with my client while I toured a home they were interested, but for some reason that feature isn't enabled on my HTC EVO cell phone even though I have downloaded the Google + app and it runs on the Android (Google) platform. 

Jul 23, 2011 07:08 AM
Carra Riley & Declan Kenyon
Brokers Guild Cherry Creek Ltd - Westminster, CO
Helping people Transition at all ages!

Jim~  See what an early adapter you are!  G+ 1st Gen kind of guy! 

Jul 25, 2011 12:33 PM
Gerard Gilbers
Higher Authority Markeing - Asheboro, NC
Your Marketing Master

This sounds interesting and something I will need to check out! I have gone into this slowly so far. I just heard that hundreds possibly thousands of users had their accounts deleted which apparently included all attached features - gmail, adsense, docs, etc. 

Jul 26, 2011 12:07 PM
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Really fantastic, Carra!  You are such an early user of this, and really seem to get the hang of it.    I am learning new things every day - love the education in this post!

Jul 29, 2011 12:20 AM

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