Last week Google added a new feature to Hangouts that facilitates interaction with a Q&A embedded app
We saw it announced by Amit Fulay, Hangouts Product Manager. This feature offers similar features to what we have been offering in Qstion for several months now, but there are also significant differences.
You can see the explanation of what it is in Google Hangouts feature page, but if you want to really grasp what it is about, check out Paulino Brener’s great tour to this feature in this presentation.
How does this compare to qstion.com services?
Qstion has a free plan that fully integrates with Google Hangouts on Air. Because it is a Google Hangouts app, it is embedded within the Google interface. You can download the app in this link. This is similar to the new feature that Google has launched.
But qstion goes beyond a q&a live broadcasting tool for Google Hangouts. We want to provide a place where individuals and organisations can host their interviews, q&a’s, presentations, tutorials, and any other kind of interactive live video session.
What makes qstion different is, among other things:
- Get questions directly from Tweets that use the chosen hashtag
- Publish the interviews in your own website
- Create and edit the interview details
- Use your own domain
- Brand the webpage with your design, logos and other items you like
- Edit the questions after the interview is finished, edit the timestamps (cuepoints). Transcribe new questions and answers
- Embed the q&a form in any webpage
- Import questions in .csv format
- Use any broadcasting platform that allows embedding an iframe, such as Livestream, Ustream, etc
- Questions can be sent without login into Google+, using either qstion form or the Twitter defined hashtag
Opening your account in qstion.com is very simple and we have written a tutorial on how you can start broadcasting your q&a session here.
And we are building new features all the time. What would you like to see in our Q&A application? Please comment below