Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Rules for Google plus Hang-outs

It had to happen, this is a new social form, someone has to get it started, so I'm appointing myself.
  1. You don't have to stay.  It is perfectly okay to stop in, say hello, (crash your browser) and leave.  
  2. Safari seems to work better for me (2010-era MacMini 4GB RAM).  Not really a rule, but I thought that information might be helpful.  Firefox 3.x seems particularly wonky (surprise!)  Chrome seems to spawn dupe processes and memory leak (what a surprise that the Googlopolis codes up Apple products better...).
  3. You don't have to talk.  Lurking is okay as long as your video appears to be working.  The whole black screen thing is creepy, unless you're doing something we don't want to see.
  4. Pants are optional, but nobody wants the full-length webcam view.  Nobody.  The black screen isn't that creepy.
  5. Be prepared for discussions about bandwidth.
  6. There is no Rule number six.
  7. Musical instruments are encouraged.
  8. Try to be well-lit.  Or, failing that lit-up.  Drinking is also encouraged.
  9. Come and go as you please.  This isn't a social obligation and things are actually more interesting when people come and go, we can talk about you behind your back that way.
  10. The system is in beta.  It crashes, it can be choppy, A/V sync is sometimes fraught with lag, but hey, that's why we talk about bandwidth.
  11. Our list of rules goes to eleven.