Announced as part of Google’s I/O conference, you now switch from chatting in Gmail to Hangouts. Click “Try it out” next to your chat list to switch. With Hangouts, you can send messages, have video calls with up to ten people at once, and share photos. Here’s how it works:
UPDATE: Here’s the complete Hangout from Guy’s contribution to the Google+ PR Community:
Mark your calendars! Friday, February 1, at 12 noon CT (1p ET), Guy Kawasaki is hosting a special Google+ Hangout for members of the Google+ PR Community.
You’ll have the opportunity to see him face-to-face and ask him questions directly following his presentation. Of course, everyone is welcome to watch the Hangout live, right here.
How can you get one of the six spots? Enter right here now through February 1, at midnight:
Winners will be notified tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. PT via email with instructions.
Anyone can view the Hangout live, on air via YouTube at www.youtube.com/user/prsarahevans.
Tomorrow is the third annual Community Manager Appreciation Day (#CMAD). It’s a day to recognize the social face of your organization. Trust me, you want to show a little social love for these people (they have the PASSWORDS to all of your SOCIAL accounts). Seriously though, these people are the social strategists, storytellers, public faces and evangelists for your brand. Plus, doesn’t everyone deserve a day devoted to their profession? Duh. The answer is yes.
Here are 10 “thank you” ideas your community manager will love (and want to tweet about):
- Call your local bakery. Place an order for cupcakes. Sweeten the deal by having a social catch phrase on them, like: “Tweet you very much,” or “I Pin! you ‘Best Community Manager.” You can also use a color scheme from his or her favorite social network(s). Go on with your creative self. Here are a few ideas.
- Email all employees (or at least the community manager’s team members) who use social networks. Tell them about #CMAD and that they’re welcome to socially recognize your online evangelist. Give them a few pre-crafted messages to jump start their social juices. If Twitter is a platform of choice, make sure to provide your community manager’s Twitter handle (personal and corporate) along with the #CMAD hashtag.
- Create a temporary Tumblr or Board on Pinterest dedicated to your community manager’s funny sayings, anecdotes, online photos, etc… During the rest of the year it can be a fun online location to boost corporate morale.
- Go to the store right now. Get three pounds of bacon and a lot of chocolate. Make chocolate covered bacon. Put it on a pretty platter and attach a card. #WINNING
- Use “Celebrities Call You” to send a star studded message to Ms. (or Mr.) Social. You can choose from celebrities like Ice T, Pete Rose and Hilary Duff.
- Use this Twitter-ready message and insert your CM’s Twitter ID. [TWEET THIS] (After you tweet, hand deliver a six pack of their favorite beverage to their office.)
- Make an online donation in your CMs name and tweet about it from your corporate handle. “Give a little good for a regular good deed doer.”
- Friends with your web or IT department? Have them send out a pop up message company-wide celebrating #CMAD. Obviously I don’t want you to get fired. Only do this if you’re in a significant position of power.
- Create your CMs Wikipedia page. Nothing says “I appreciate you” like generating some nice SEO.
- Use this card I created especially for CMs. WARNING: You should have a sense of humor if you’re going to use this.
Background on #CMAD
Community Manager Appreciation Day takes place every 4th Monday of January as a way to recognize and celebrate the efforts of community managers around the world using social media to improve customer experiences.
Jeremiah Owyang initiated this international event in 2010. People are encouraged to send sincere Thank You notes to their online community managers. People using Twitter include the #CMAD and #CMGR hashtag in their tweets about this event. Many online community managers and vendors in the social media marketplace post blogs in appreciation of their community managers. Cities with large concentrations of Social Media focused businesses, such as Boston, Austin, and San Francisco hold in-person meetup events to celebrate and honor those who represent and support their online communities.