One of the problems with video conferencing is that, when there are many attendees, moments of chaos can occur when several people want to participate at the same time: three begin to speak at the same time, they stop not to be disturbed when they listen to each other, there is a few seconds of silence and then the moderator has to intervene. Well, from Google they have decided to end these annoying situations and have added a really curious function in Meet.
It is something so simple and that we all have instilled since we were little in school as is raise your hand to ask for our turn to speak. The difference between the real world and this virtual Google Meet is that it will not be necessary to hold our arm up for several minutes until we get tired, but it will be a simple button that we must press to send our request to the moderator.
Raise your hand first
In a publication that Google has uploaded to its official blog, it has shown how this new function of raising the hand works (“Raise hand” on the screen) that, as we mentioned before, it will be perfect for meetings with many participants. As soon as the update reaches all users, we can press a button that appears at the bottom of the videoconference window, just to the right of the microphone and camera controls, and request our turn to speak there.
The good thing about this new functionality is that it will be visible to all participants and those who have asked the administrator to speak will see a small icon appear in their window indicating to others that they have raised their hands. As if that were not enough, Google Meet is able to save the order of the request, in such a way that there will be no doubt who has to participate. You can see the list of requests on the right side of the screen that you have just above, in a section that Mountain View calls “Raised hands”.
Obviously It only remains for the moderator to do his job well and manage those speaking turns Correctly and, above all, clearly explain the rules of behavior within the conversation before starting, so that no one is upset if, after not stopping interrupting, someone mutes the microphone. This new function was launched yesterday afternoon but, as usual in Google, they advise that it will take 15 days to reach all the accounts of its renewed Workspace.