Google+ hangouts may be the solution to the nostalgia I’ve been feeling around the fact that chat rooms have fallen out of vogue. Tonight, I watched a broadcast of an interview Lynette Young hosted with Adrienne Graham, Forbes.com contributor and author of the new book, No, You Can’t Pick My Brain, It Costs Too Much. I hadn’t tested out any aspect of hangouts prior to this because I haven’t hooked up my webcam yet, though I think I can hang out on my iPhone and just hadn’t yet felt the need to try.
At any rate, I really enjoyed what I caught of the broadcast and was inspired by the ideas these fine entrepreneurs were discussing; earlier this month I’d read (through Lynette) Adrienne’s article that prompted the book, and found myself thinking, “Wait, right! Most people pay someone for this stuff!” and, as a result, feel more comfortable accepting payment for my own work for friends and family. On a day when I really wanted to throw both computers, the modem, the router, and every peripheral in the house out a window, you’d think the last thing I’d be motivated to do is add another gadget to the mix. But the idea of collaborating with people in real-time has always appealed to me, and I really love how g+ has introduced me to so many opportunities to brainstorm with (not pick the brains of!) people who are not only knowledgeable and experienced in their areas of expertise, but also kinda quirky and fun and ready to combine social networking with webcams and wine.
Now, I’m going to go unplug and replug 72 pieces of computer equipment in the hopes that I’ll actually be able to post this sometime tonight, and get back to work. Cuz it’s this femme’s workin’ witching hour, when the real magic happens :)