Recently Google updated their popular messaging service Hangouts with a cool feature which will be handy for many heavy Hangouts users like me. Earlier, adding people on any group texts was hard if that human wasnt available on your contact list or google+ contacts but now, its a lot easier with just a link sharing and done! 😀 Thanks Google for this great Hangouts Update!
So, Recent Hangouts update has added a new “Join by link” option which allows user to generate a unique link for a specific group chat and send it out to as many people they like via email, SMS, Facebook, Twitter or any other messaging platform they can think of. This is extremely helpful if you want to create a group message for a few dozen people or if you want to move a group message from Facebook Messenger or WhatsApp over to Hangouts.
Hangouts also allows you to kill the unique link if it happens to get into the wrong hands. The feature is rolling out now for all platforms, but it’ll likely be a few days before everyone sees the new “Join by link” option show up.
By adding video messaging to Hangouts on Android and making it easier to add people to group messaging, it seems Google isn’t quite ready to give up on Hangouts. Do you think Hangouts will continue to get few features once Allo and Duo are made available to the public?
Let us know what you guys think in the comment sections below and we shall return to you for a healthy discussion! 🙂
I could never really understand why Hangouts flopped so badly. But I think it was largely due to the exclusive set of people you were allowed to invite. If your audience wasn’t Android or Gmail entrenched, then they were really out of the communication loop.
This general acceptance link that they are starting to provide is a good move in the right direction. I hope it isn’t too late, especially with the new Google platforms about to appear. It may survive but only if folk find it really easy to widen the “talk net” to everybody they know and do it easily.