This is the place you visit prior to participating in a Social Web Cafe produced hangout. Here you will find the hangout link (above). We post the live hangout link within the 30 min window prior to the hangout. You can click on it, get your settings all ready and relax. Don’t worry if you do not see/hear anyone there. We monitor it during the green room time and will be there momentarily.
If you are a panelist, please connect on G+, to make it easier to send you invitations:
Deborah Anderson and Social Web Cafe.
Sound Quality Essentials (aka “Rules”)
Social Web Cafe’s Rules for Quality. So popular, these rules have now been reprinted/published (verbatim) and in use by places like Internet Marketing Ninjas! Yeah! Copying is the best form of flattery and we thank you for that 🙂
Please use a headphone. Actually, this is a requirement. Without it, we get a constant hum on the recording, echo, and the worst of all, feedback loop (that “screechy noise”). Also, please ensure that your mic is close enough to your mouth so that we are not catching any other noises from the background, in place of your beautiful voice.
Please turn off your cell phone (i.e. turn it to vibrate). If you must have it on, please locate the mute button in the G+ Hangout so that you can mute it. More importantly, please disable app notification sounds (i.e. Skype, Facebook, iPad notifications, etc.). These sounds can disrupt the flow of the conversation in the hangout.
Please do not start your laundry, a new concoction in the blender, your spouse vacuuming the house, during the hangout. Believe it or not, your mic sometimes delivers that sound to our hangout. We may not mind during the hangout, but our video viewers and podcast listeners may care. It is amazing how distinct those appliances come through when a podcast is playing in those earbuds.
If we ever mute (or eject) you during a hangout, it probably isn’t personal. It will be for sound quality and production purposes.
Normally, you can test these things with Michael, the Social Web Cafe producer, during the green room time.
Only 10 people can join a hangout, so you can always join and mute your mic while you go get that last cup of coffee, ensuring your spot.
Looking forward to hanging out!