Last week I participated in a Google+ HIRL (Hangout In Real Life) event. This event provided the opportunity for locals in the Kansas City area to get mini-sessions on how to set-up and use Google+. If you would like to see more about it, follow the hashtag #LearnG+KC. In case you don’t know what a hangout is, Google+ has this really cool feature where you can “hangout” with 10 people – share your screen and/or documents and see each person FOR FREE. (Think Skype on steroids with free features.)
This real life hangout allowed 100+ people to gather, network & learn together. What worked for this event was that it provided a social atmosphere – food, drink, & networking along with a give-back to SafeHome (entrance fee was $5 or 5 canned goods for the non-profit). According to recent stats on G+, the site is 63% male, but this HIRL attracted women along with the men.