Fashion Hangouts : +1 And Hangouts Used by the Fashion Industry

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Welcome to the Fashion Hangouts website.  When we say, "fashion hangouts" we do not mean a bar, restaurant, or fashion event where fashionistas hangout with one another.  Nor do we mean a hangout such as a secret club such as the Little Rascals He Man Woman Haters Club.

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Although clubs, bars, restaurants, and fashion events, are great places for members of the fashion industry to hangout with one another, these hangouts are not the sort that we plan to discuss on this website.  In modern times, thanks to Google and the internet, the fashion industry now has other means and methods for communicating with one another in real time.  Read below for further explanation.

The purpose of this site is to provide a place for members of the fashion industry to learn about Hangouts from the Google + Project.

Bad News: before wasting your time reading below.  Google has decided to close the Google+ project.

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First, let's figure out the answer to the questions, "What are hangouts?".

As per the Google website, here is a summary (from July 19, 2011).

Hangouts are the best way for you to say, “I’m online and want to hangout!” Hangouts lets you:

  • Chill with friends that are scrolling through the web, just like you!

  • Use live video chat that puts you in the same room together!

  • Coordinate plans, whether it's working on a project or meeting up for coffee.

  • Maybe you’re bored. Start a hangout, invite your circles, see who’s around!

You can start a hangout from the stream whenever you want.  You can either go to or simply click the blue Start a Hangout button on the side of your stream.

You'll be taken to a "green room" where google will help you get your camera set up and choose additional circles or individuals to add. No one can see you while you're in the green room. Once you click the green Hang Out button your video feed will be broadcast.

No one owns a hangout. That means that anyone in the hangout can invite anyone else. So while your hangout could start with a group of people that you know, it could evolve into a completely different crowd. For instance, let's say your brother decides to post the hangout URL on his blog. Anyone could follow that link, join Google+, and enter the hangout.

You can invite circles or specific people to join you in a hangout when it's first created.

  1. Click Start a Hangout from the stream.

  2. Add the circles or people you want to alert that you're hanging out.

  3. Click Hang out to start the hangout and send the notifications to the people you chose.

You can also invite additional people to a hangout after it's already begun. Click Invite at the bottom of the hangout window, add the circles or people you want to share with, and click Invite.

Visibility of your hangout

There are a few different ways people can discover that you're hanging out:

  • If you invite people to join a hangout, a post will appear in their stream telling them that there's a hangout going on, along with all the people in that hangout currently.

  • If 25 or fewer people are invited, they'll receive a notification that they've been invited to join a hangout.

  • If you invite individuals that are signed in to chat, they'll receive an IM with a link to join.

  • If someone invited to a hangout tries to start their own, they'll be told that there's a hangout already going on and they may want to join that one instead.

  • Since the hangout you're in is visible by the circles of the other hangout participants, people you don't know may learn that you're hanging out.

Hangouts are created by one person, but everyone in the hangout shares the ability to invite others.

Each hangout has a specific URL. That URL can be shared as a link to invite others. However, only Google+ users are able to join.

Be thoughtful when inviting as you can't kick anyone out of a hangout. If you feel uncomfortable in a hangout you can leave at any time.

Your email address could be seen by the people you chat with

When you appear in someone's chat list in Google+, it's possible that person could discover your email address. While your email address won't be displayed in the chat list in Google+, it is displayed in the chat lists of other Google products (Gmail and iGoogle, for instance). The members of chat lists are consistent across Google products.

Check the Hangouts details page to check for new updates to policies and services.

Below is an introduction video to the Hangouts system.  You can find this video on the Google website in the area that discusses the Google+project and you can also find this video on Youtube.

It is important to note that the above details of the Hangouts system is time sensitive.  You should check directly with Google to learn the most current information about their program.  You can learn more about Hangouts at the following support page. 

In regard to "Fashion", we feel that the Hangouts from Google will provide the fashion industry with a another good resource to stay in communication with one another.  As we learn more about Hangouts, we will try to add the information to this website to keep you informed.  Hopefully, we can utilize this site to make it easier for members of the fashion industry to find each other and communicate via Hangouts.

In addition to utilizing hangouts, it is important to also keep in contact with one another at places such as the Fashion Industry Network, Facebook, Youtube, etc.  Also, you should try to make an effort to have real face to face meetings with people (not only on video).  You can meet with members of the fashion industry at various fashion events, trade shows, runway shows, fashion week events, etc.


Please let us know your suggestions regarding how to find more information about Hangouts.  We would be happy to add more information to this site in order to help others.

Note: The Fashion Hangouts website is NOT affiliated with Google in anyway.  This site was developed simply to offer assistance to people who wish to learn about Circles, Sparks, Hangouts, etc.  Please consult directly with the Google website to learn the most current details about their service details.  Again, it is important to note that information and links on this site may be out dated by the time you read them.  Please consult with Google regarding all policies, terms, services, etc.

If you know of any great fashion hangouts, please let us know.  We would be happy to list them on this guide to fashion hangouts.

According to what I have read on the Google site, "Bumping into friends while you’re out and about is one of the best parts of going out and about. With Hangouts, the unplanned meet-up comes to the web for the first time. Let buddies know you’re hanging out and see who drops by for a face-to-face-to-face chat."


About Google Circles:

This description was from the Google site July 19th, 2011, "Google+ Circles helps you organize everyone according to your real-life social connections--say, 'family,' 'work friends,' 'music buddies,' and 'alumni'. Then, you can share relevant content with the right people, and follow content posted by people you find interesting. For example, you might post an announcement about your engagement and show it only to people in your friends and family circles, or maybe you see a post from the circle you created for your book club that there's a recent article on your favorite author." 


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You may want to also check out the following links of interest to the Google+project.

Fashion Sparks

Fashion Hangouts

Fashion Circles

Join My Circles

Fashion Streams


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