Robert,Originally Posted by roky
Google+ and its Hangout feature is a new system for chatting that Shohei thought could be adapted for our needs. It is designed to be for chatting, not silent sitting. Shoehi simply got us all on the system earlier than it has been opened for widespread use, but it is meant to be a Facebook alternative for social networking. I don't think people should need to indicate that they are NOT chatting, just that they ARE sitting. Every person creates their own Hangout so there is no one set sitting hall. So, for me at least, I indicate what I'm doing there...not telling others what they should be using it for.