It’s cool to hang out with accountants

On Wednesday this week we gingerly broke new ground at Xero by taking part in our first live Google Hangout broadcast on AccountingWeb, the UK’s biggest accountants community. Google Hangout is probably one of the most useful features of the Google+ service and is great for hosting group video chats, and these can also be broadcast live on YouTube.


Not only was it my first experience of taking part in a live broadcast using Hangout, it was also the first outing with the technology for the team at AccountingWeb but aside from a couple of blips, it was actually good fun if a little unnerving and attracted an audience of almost 400 live viewers.

But something that I’d certainly consider doing again, so we’re looking into how we might put it to use for training or other informational services at Xero.

It runs to 45 minutes, so if you’re so inclined over your lunch, perhaps, or have just always hankered for the opportunity to listen to a Scotsman droning on about the cloud, go ahead and fill your boots!


Bruce Rose
May 18, 2013 at 5:54 am

Just watched this and it went down well. Webinars are always hard to do but you guys came across well and provided a very good inside to Xero and the market.

Gayle Buchanan
May 18, 2013 at 6:56 pm

Nice work all, it’s not easy doing ‘live’ and the odd technical glitch may seem a pain but nice to know it really was live … thanks so much for getting out of the comfort zone.

Tina Kaye
May 20, 2013 at 2:21 pm

I too had my first experience with google hangouts this week! Interesting potential and might be the point of difference for google+ though I am still trying to figure out the finer details!

Ritu Ashrafi
March 24, 2014 at 12:46 pm

Great Webinar. I’ve found Google Hangouts to be super effective. I had my interview with Practice Ignition actually. This is my favorite quote from this webinar: “Today’s cloud applications operate like software.” True.

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