Google+ team shared insight into a few improvements made to the +Hangouts experience over the past couple of months, as well as some new initiatives to help facilitate good conversations and curb the less desirable ones.
In a G+ post, Chee Chew of Google notes, "improving the quality of conversations in hangouts isn't only about improving the audio and video technology -- it's also about facilitating good social interactions."
Here are some highlights of the tweaks, plus a new system that launched today:
Improving public invites - When someone invites public, Google now confirm that this is what they intend to do, and adds a little info educating them on what this means. "When anyone invites more people into the hangout, we inform the room that the room invite was extended. we'll let the room know that a new circle of people or the public was invited; and we let the room know who extended the invitation," Chew explained.
jerks in the room - sometimes people do join the room who are disruptive. To this end, Google says it has rolled out a few improvements to help.
Chew explain, "When someone gets blocked, everyone else will be asked if they want to also block this person. With this change, we'll raise the visibility/awareness so that you have a way to protect yourself. We will proactively ask people to make a decision." "If someone is blocked by most people in the room, the blocked person will be escorted to the door... they'll be dropped from the hangout, and not allowed back in that hangout," Chew adds.
Simply dropping annoying person from one room risks having them go through every public hangout one by one. Chew notes, "Google is now blocking them from the system completely."
First, "We now identify these people, from the report signals, and identify who's misbehaving in public hangouts. We block them from joining or creating any public hangouts," explains Chew. You can help by continuing to use "block" as appropriate.
Second, Google will now block those "idetified annoyers" from creating new accounts! To this end, Google says it will soon begin asking people with relatively fresh accounts to confirm their account with an sms message, thus making it harder and more costly to misbehave in hangouts.
Finally, Google announced a Panda Update is being unleashed, and one that it says will impact 0.7% of queries.
In a official tweet, Google announced of rolling out Panda 3.92 stating,
Panda refresh is rolling out--expect some flux over the next few days. Fewer than 0.7% of queries noticeably affected: goo.gl/woSU3-- A Googler (@google) September 18, 2012