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How to Join CMSWire Google Hangouts

Confused how to join in on CMSWire's Google Hangout fun? So were we. But it’s easy to do and you have options for how to join.

First things first: We do "On Air" events -- these are recorded Google Hangouts that once completed are available in Google+ and on our YouTube Channel.

But just to be clear, you will not be in the video unless you are an invited panelist (so no need to take a shower), you will just be watching the discussion. If you’d like to ask a question, use the hashtag associated with the Hangout and post your question in the comments section of the event, on Twitter, CMSWire’s Google+ page or on CMSWire’s YouTube page -- we’ll be watching and we will show your question to the panelists.

Door Number One: CMSWire’s Google Plus Home Page

Beginning at least 5-10 minutes before the event is scheduled to start, you will see a placeholder for the Hangout on CMSWire’s Google Plus page in the Activity stream. It will go live when the event goes live. In the meantime, it will look a bit like this:

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Door Number Two: The Google Plus Event Page for the Hangout

Each Hangout is listed on CMSWire’s Google Plus Events page, listing the event topic, date and time. Our events are open to viewing by the public, so you can use this page to rsvp to let us know you’ll be watching.

It will look a little like this:

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When you click on the Google Hangout you are interested in, you will be brought to the detailed Event page for that Event. This is the place to be to get updated information on the event, see who's attending and ask any questions before or during the event.

Please note that thanks to Google, the Event invitation is not directly connected to the Google Hangout for On Air events. So you won't see a placeholder for the event like you do above in Door Number One.

When the Hangout is ready to start, we'll provide links to our YouTube stream of the hangout, a location on CMSWire.com where you can watch the hangout, or be pointed to the Google+ Activity Stream.

Here is what an Event Page for a Hangout looks like:

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Door Number Three: CMSWire’s YouTube Page

The event will broadcast live on CMSWire’s YouTube Page. You will see the placeholder for the Hangout starting a few minutes before the scheduled time; the event will go live when the moderator starts to broadcast the Hangout.

Use the comments section to ask any questions you may have for the panelists. The Hangout will be posted permanently on the page for future viewing shortly after the Hangout concludes.

Door Number Four: CMSWire’s Home Page

There will be a reminder article related to the Hangout posted on CMSWire’s Home Page the day of the Hangout. The video will be embedded in this article just before the event begins for your viewing pleasure.

Door Number Five: CMSWire’s Twitter Feed

Want to follow the conversation as it happens, but can’t watch the whole video? Follow CMSWire’s Twitter feed, where we will be live Tweeting the event. Use the Hangout’s hashtag to post any questions you may have for panelists on Twitter.