Google+ Adds Video Posts
by Leslie Meredith, TechNewsDaily Senior Writer
January 20 2012 01:50 PM ET
Don't feel like typing? No problem. This week Google+ added a nifty feature that lets members record a video message using their webcams.
Here's how it's done:
In the posting box, select the video icon. "Record a video" has been added to the previous options. Click on it, and a new window will open, asking for permission to access your webcam and microphone. You can also tell the computer to "remember" these new settings, so you can skip this step next time.
Once you've granted permission, you'll be looking at yourself in the large display window. Hit record and start talking.
You can share your video message with the same options as a written message or photo. Select circles or individuals to limit who sees your video, or choose "public" for all of your circles to see, along with anyone who follows you on Google+.
Google+ has led the social networks with its integration of video. Along with instant access to YouTube videos , Plus users also have a group video feature called Hangouts where a lucky few (anyone can watch a live video stream, but hangouts are limited to nine viewer participants) have been able to join in discussions with the Dalai Llama, will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and, most recently, David Beckham.
The size of circles is growing on Google+. CEO Larry Page announced that the social network has passed the 90-million-user mark, more than twice the figure Page released three months ago.