With the torrents of news feeds about Google+ and influx of people adding me to Google’s new push into social, I finally got to try out the new group video chat feature, called Hangout.

This feature is totally useful and am sure will be the norm for VOIP calling. It’s great for visually putting a face to the name of a person you’ve been communicating with over email. Even Facebook which recently teamed up with Skype to offer in-browser video calling does not have a group video chat feature yet. But surely it will come. The challenge for Google+ however, is to pry people away from making Facebook the default place for social interactions.

We had two people in China and two in America video conferencing over a live call with Google+ Hangouts. Although the connection dropped out a few times and people had to re-join the conversation, on the whole it worked pretty well.

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Jason Lim

Jason is an Australian born Chinese living in Beijing, specializing in entrepreneurship, start-ups and the investment eco-system in China, especially in the tech and social area.