Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Tuesday's Tip - "Mondays with Myrt" Hangouts on Air on Google+ and YouTube

This week's Tuesday's Tip is:  Participate in the almost weekly "Mondays With Myrt" family history discussions on Google Plus or watch them on the DearMYRTLE YouTube Channel.

Pat Richley-Erickson, fondly known to many genealogists as DearMYRTLE, is one of the pioneers in communicating with researchers using technology - from AOL to blogs to webinars to Hangouts on air - she has been there.  Currently, Pat is doing "Hangouts On Air" using the Google+ feature, and the resulting "Hangouts On Air" are archived on the DearMYRTLE YouTube Channel.

The "Hangout on Air" feature on Google+ can have up to 10 persons on the panel - each using their own webcam, and can be shown on the screen and can speak (through their microphone) to the people watching the "Hangout on Air."  Pat controls everything from her computer, and her cousin, geneablogger Russ Worthington, helps her stay on track and monitors the comments from the Google+ Community.  I have been a panelist on several of the "Mondays With Myrt" and have enjoyed the experience, and hope that I've contributed some useful ideas and tips.

If you don't want to be on the panel of 10 people, or the panel has 10 members already, you can still watch the "Hangouts On Air" live from the DearMYRTLE's YouTube Channel with only a slight delay (seconds).  Any number of persons can watch the "Hangout On Air" on the YouTube Channel.

You can sign up to be a member of the Google+ DearMYRTLE Community (https://plus.google.com/u/0/communities/104382659430904043232).  Here is what it looks like (two screens shown):

When Pat is going to have a "Hangouts On Air," she posts to the Google+ Community the link to JOIN (as a panelist) the "Hangout On Air."  Once the "Hangout On Air" has started, she posts the link, in the same post stream, to WATCH the "Hangout On Air."  Or, a watcher can go to the DearMYRTLE YouTube Channel and find the active video and watch it there.  Watchers can make comments on the Google+ Community post stream for the "Hangout On Air" and the panelists will often answer or discuss the questions.

Here is a screenshot of a recent "Hangout On Air" from the DearMYRTLE YouTube Channel:

Here is the most recent "Mondays with Myrt" Hangout On Air video from 13 May 2013.  We discussed the NGS Conference during the first part of the Hangout:

I encourage you to watch the archived episodes of "Mondays With Myrt" to see what you've missed, and to try to "tune in" to them when they are scheduled.

The next "Mondays With Myrt" Hangout is on Monday, 3 June, at 12 noon EDT, 11 a.m. CDT, 10 a.m. MDT, 9 a.m. PDT, etc.  Pat updates the calendar on www.GeneaWebinars.com on a regular basis.

You do need to be registered on Google+ (it's free), and be part of the DearMYRTLE's Genealogy  Community to JOIN or to comment.  You can WATCH on the YouTube Channel without being on Google+.

This is a collaborative educational opportunity - with discussions of genealogy news, tips and techniques offered by a number of people.  It's also a lot of fun.  It's like watching a panel of people at a conference discussing genealogical topics of interest.

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Copyright (c) 2013, Randall J. Seaver

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