Google has unveiled a whole new set of tools for video chats on the Google+ social network.
As you can see by the Google+ Hangouts dashboard icons embedded above, you have new options. If you select the “Screenshare” icon, you can select any open window on your desktop to share with other people in the Google+ Hangout. If you have a Google eBook open on your desktop, everybody in the video can read the book along with you–perfect for a long-distance bedtime story or video book club.
If all the participants click the “YouTube” icon, you can share a video. The “Google Effects” icon allows you to pick funny hats, facial hair and other silly visuals. You can also share a manuscript in progress in a video chat by selecting “Google Docs.”
Google has also rolled out a new service for recording and sharing your Google+ Hangouts.
This GalleyCat editor experimented with the new service today (recording the video chat about Internet Week embedded below). To help readers record videos, AppNewser has a short guide for recording your next Google+ Hangout.
Here’s a video we made preparing readers for Internet Week in New York City…