Google+ Hangouts for Government

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  • #176486
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    Elisabeth Harper
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    The President has held a couple of Google+ Hangouts, which seemed to work well both for discussion of important policy topics and from a technical standpoint. Are Members of Congress and government agencies exploring this new technology as a means of informing the public? If so, what results are you finding? If not, is this something of interest?

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    Justin Herman
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    The Terms of Service for Google Hangout On Air (which is different than just Google Hangout) is currently not federal-friendly for most agencies. A Terms of Service that all agencies can use has been requested, and we’re hoping Google follows through with it as it did Google Hangout. It should be noted that all social media tools agencies use must have compatible Terms of Service due to the Anti-Deficiency Act and more. Once that’s complete you’ll see many, many more of these.

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    I’d be very interested to hear if anyone has done one and what their results were. I’ve done a bit of research at the request of our small business office and haven’t found it a viable option, mostly because of the 10 attendee limit.

  • #176494
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    GovLoop
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    Beth – to Justin’s point, the TOS is not there.

    But you can do Hangouts on-air which doesn’t have 10 attendee limit. We did one with couple hundred attendees and 4 guests speaking – topics was Presidential Management Fellowship – http://pathtopmf.com/resume-tips-for-prospective-presidential-management-fellows/

    Energy has done some hangouts

    http://energy.gov/articles/video-watch-open-data-google-hangout

    http://energy.gov/articles/join-secretary-chu-tomorrow-google-hangout-americas-growing-solar-industry

  • #176492
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    Steve Sachs
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    Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder has had tremendous success utilizing the Google+ Hangouts technology. Thousands have joined webcasts of the regular events.

  • #176490
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    Scott Horvath
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    So how is the White House doing it then?

  • #176488
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    Benjamin G Morris
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    I just came across this 2 minutes after posting on the same topic. Short answer is: NASA can do it from space, so hopefully a fed at a desk in Virginia can Hangout with one in Maryland.

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