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If I start a Google+ Hang out, is there anyway to send my friends a link directly to that Hangout post? I couldn't find any options.

So I have to send people a link to my profile, and let them click on the join hangout button. I prefer not to do that since the hangout post may be buried by my other updates.

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I guess this is somehow related to my question. I started a hangout on my phone, but I'm unable to figure out how to access it from a desktop browser: webapps.stackexchange.com/questions/24032/… –  neu242 Apr 26 '12 at 7:43
    
Nik Graf's answer is the new solution (June 2014) to this problem. –  Chris Betti Jul 8 at 15:40

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When you create a hangout, just copy the URL at the top of the pop-up window that opens up. Send it to anyone you want. They need to sign in with a Gmail account (that is associated with a Google+ profile) and they will be added to the hangout.

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This was the first thing I tried (intuitively) but it simply does not work. Maybe it worked in 2011, but in 2013 a new browser window using this Hangout URL just stays empty. Maybe the JS code used in current Hangouts depends on the window name. –  Jpsy May 29 '13 at 6:48

Currently (May 2013) this is only possible using a detour:

You have to create a Google+ event (place it in the far future, like 2050) and activate a hangout for that event. This event-attached hangout comes with a perma-link of the following form:

https://plus.google.com/hangouts/_/xyz3127474c86ff55efc18836b4335a71f82dxyz

This can be used to directly jump into the hangout.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to add an existing hangout to a new event; an event always creates its own, personal hangout. So this method is not suitable to create perma-links for already existing hangouts.

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Google build an URL exactly for the purpose of starting a Hangout session and let others join by a link you share with them.

Simply visit: http://hangouts.google.com/start

Visiting this link starts a Hangout Session and shows you the link you can share.

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While you're in the hangout, you can click "Invite" and put individual names in the field. They'll then receive a notification with a link.

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This works for people who are already in my circle. However if I start a public hangout, I'd like to be able to post a URL somewhere else(e.g. Twitter, Facebook etc). –  Jin Jul 29 '11 at 20:56

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