I have created a step by step guide on how to create an “on air” google hangout.
Credit goes to Jason Tucker, whose article Create Google Hangouts quickly with these easy URLs, is where i got the meat of the information posted here. I just added a few extra steps to help further clarify things.
I only tested this once so if it doesn’t work, hopefully I haven’t wasted too much of your time.
So here goes…
1-click this URL http://hangouts.google.com/onair
2-an “on air” Google Hangout should open in a new browser window. “on air” Google Hangouts are the type that the moderator can post to Youtube Live stream and/or record for future Youtube uploads
3-bookmark this page for future use. you can use this URL over and over for Google Hangouts (I think)
6-through Google+ or email lists, or however you contact people, share the above URL link. But when you go to paste the link, you want to use the “paste as plain text” option.
7-when you use the “paste as plain text” option, the URL will look something like this
8-if you don’t use the “paste as plain text” option, your email or Google +, or however you share the link, may convert the URL to look like this
9-the above link will still work, but it may be confusing to some because it looks like a generic sign-in page, and not a custom Google + Hangout link
10-I think you should be able to use this same link over and over. People can bookmark the link and join anytime you are having a discussion. I have not tested this much at all, so I am not sure how all the Youtube stream commands work when you stop one session and start another with the same URL…but i think it should work just fine 🙂