Google+ users can initiate both text and video chats with other Google+ members at any time by launching a new hangout, and you can control what those members can and cannot do with you.
If you’ve ever received a Chat request from someone through the Google+ messenger, you know that Google+ does take your privacy seriously. Other members cannot start messaging you without your permission. They can only request to initiate a chat which you have to approve.
Similarly, the new Hangouts app treats hangout requests the same way. What’s different is that hangout requests, and how they’re treated, is set on a per Circle basis.
If you haven’t yet taken the time to organize your circles, now might be a good time to do so. Here are some tips: http://ow.ly/l93FV
Once that’s done, you can decide in advance whether or not people, per circle, have permission to hangout with you or if they have to request that permission individually first. You can find step-by-step instructions here: http://ow.ly/l93SR
Have you had a chance to use the Hangouts app yet? What do you think?
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