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How to Join a Google Hangout

It seems to be a lot easier to start a Google Hangout than to Join One

For my Cat Chat guests, here is what you will need to join me on a Live Google Hangout on Air:

If we haven’t already picked a time, please do so here:  https://www.timetrade.com/book/VQ7N6

You will need a gmail account, a webcam (usually preinstalled on any laptop) or a device, like the Logitech c910 and a good Internet connection.  
 
You will also need a cheap headset; just the two little earbuds and wire that plug into your smart phone or music player are fine.  Your computer, or the c910 will pick up your audio but if you don’t have the headset plugged into the audio jack, the feedback makes the sound unbearable to the audience, even though it will sound fine to you and me.  
 
You won’t be able to see the Google Hangout invitation from me, unless you have Big Cat Rescue in your google circles, so before the show you should create a gmail account, and then go to Big Cat Rescue’s page here:  https://plus.google.com/+bigcatrescue  and Follow us.
 
You should also, in that same drop down menu, put us in a “circle” because at the time of the invite it will say that we have to be in one of your circles, so doing it now will save a step right before the show.
 

The screenshots below will show you what to expect.  

 
A half hour before the show I will send you an email inviting you to join the live hangout.  See the top bolded email that I sent to myself below? Click on the email.
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The email will look like this:

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For your first Hangout you will need to download Hangouts by clicking the blue button that says Download Hangouts:

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Then click Join Hangout after your download has installed.

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You will get a screen that warns you not to show anything that is copyright protected and you will have to click the checkbox and then click Join:

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If you are successful you should see me:

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Nothing makes Cat Chat more vivid than lots of cat pictures, so if you have pictures that you want to share of your cats, please email them to me 2 days before the show so I can get them uploaded to the show page.
 
This is pretty much an hour of you telling people whatever you would like them to know about you, how you started, why you do what you do, what the challenges and rewards are, etc.?
 
I am looking forward to chatting with you!

For the cats,Carole Baskin, CEO of Big Cat Rescue
Carole.Baskin@BigCatRescue.org
12802 Easy Street Tampa, FL  33625
Office 813.920.4130 Cell 813.493.4564 Fax 885.4457Celebrating 20 Years (1992-2012) of Caring for cats ♥ Ending the trade