Google+ Hangouts Get Mask Feature

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Google+ Hangouts Get Mask Feature
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Google now lets you wear virtual masks in Google+ Hangouts. Finally, the killer feature. This could be the one that ushers in the downfall of Facebook.

I’m kidding of course, but the feature does exist.

Google product manager Amit Fulay posted on Google+:

Hanging out with friends and family using Google+ Hangouts is always fun.

In the past, we’ve introduced effects like mustache, reindeer and antlers. Today, we’re experimenting with a few more. Just click on the new mask image icon to cycle through these new effects. (see screenshot)

We hope you have as much fun as our designer +Beck Park and engineer +Jeremy Ng had in creating these.

Note: the effects are being rolled out, so if you dont see it at first, give it a try in a few minutes.

Google+ also offers mask effects in its creative kit for photos. So, for example, you can put a Jason Voorhees mask on your dog:

Dog in mask on <a href=Google+” src=”http://cdn.ientry.com/sites/webpronews/article_pics/dog-mask.jpg ” title=”Dog in mask on Google+” class=”aligncenter” width=”616″ height=”329″ />

I hope Google is working on a Chrome plug-in for creative kit, which utilizes Picnik, which itself is being shut down by the company. I think that would make more people happy than silly masks in hangouts.

Google+ Hangouts Get Mask Feature
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  • http://www.txinsurancepro.com David Berry

    What’s the big deal?

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  • http://www.LAokay.com Steve G

    Honestly if you have a logitech web cam then you already have software which you can throw up a mask or other goofy things (beer can hats for one), even replace yourself with an avitar that mimics your facial expressions and movements (my favorite is the sock puppet). I’ll admit using it on Google+ is a nice feature, however to be honest it’s not like having a mask is going to hide who you are since your profile usually will already have real pictures of yourself and even your real name. If you really feel the need to cover your face to hide what you look like, then you shouldn’t be on camera in the first place. So I don’t see this feature appealing to but a niche audience and I hope it didn’t cost Google too much to implement as I don’t expect much in ROI from that.

  • Markus

    Yet another thing that makes people talk about Google+, share the link and adds to the subconscious imprint of familiarity which ultimately means people choose Google over foobar, which was less advertised.

  • http://browneknows.com Kathi Browne

    This feature may seem stupid, but I’ve found it to be a nice icebeaker when I’m connecting with someone for the first time. I often give people tours of social media sites and starting out with something silly to get comfortable with new technology has been a nice tool. In fact, I think it’s DOG-gone fun!

  • http://amro.mohamed65@yahoo.com amr


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