There’s a great community manager Twitter chat each week, #cmgrchat, but we haven’t seen a regularly scheduled Community Manager Hangout yet! Today we decided with very little notice to host a Google Hangout for community managers. With 1 hour notice, a couple tweets, and a mention on a Skype group, we ended up with 4 participants, 2 non-community managers from the UK and one person that tried to get in but we never said hello to. So how did it go?
Tim McDonald started the hangout from My Community Manager’s Google+ page. Megan Larsen joined in shortly after. We also had David DeWald and Randall Wong join in. Overall the sound and video was good. Randall let us know that he didn’t have a mic, so although he could hear us, he would have to communicate via the chat. Some observations for future hangouts are: be sure to use headphones and mic; use a wired internet connection if possible; and test your video and sound before joining (do this be starting your own hangout-it will give you a chance to test both before beginning).
So now to the important question…When do you want to have the weekly hangout?
We know we won’t please everyone, but this will give us the best idea of when most people can make it. Don’t forget, Google Hangouts only allow up to 9 guests, so these weekly chats will be limited, but as this grows, so will the features Google+ has. More will be able to watch and we’ll be able to record the hangouts for all to watch at a later date.
So what are you waiting for? Tell us the best day and time for you to come hang out with us! What? You’re not on Google+ yet? Think this is a stupid idea? Don’t worry, we don’t hate! Leave a comment and tell us how you really feel.