Take “Ask an Engineer,” for example. The folks at Adafruit Industries have held video-based meetings for several years now, trying a number of services in order to create a chatroom around electronics and engineering. But with Google Hangouts, “Ask an Engineer” is now more than just one person on camera, presenting to an Internet audience and answering questions. It’s become more of an engineering “show and tell.”
Drawing on the success of the first few “Ask an Engineer” gatherings held in Hangouts, Phillip Torrone asks in an article in Make Magazine: “Are Google+ Hangouts the Next Hackerspaces?” That is, will Hangouts become a place where people can come together regularly to share knowledge and collaborate?
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