Google Helpouts Offers Lessons By Video
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User Rank: Strategist
11/6/2013 | 7:36:38 PM
re: Google Helpouts Offers Lessons By Video
From what I read, you do need to have a Google+ account before you can sign up for Helpouts. Maybe Google is trying to attract new Google+ users?

This feature seems like a good one to me. Normally I just go to YouTube if I have a question about cooking or repairing something, but I can never be sure whether the advice-giver is really an "expert." I can see why people would choose to get information from a Google-approved instructor video rather than rely on YouTube users to answer their questions.
D. Henschen
D. Henschen,
User Rank: Author
11/6/2013 | 1:54:10 PM
re: Google Helpouts Offers Lessons By Video
I just checked out the nice collection in Home & Garden. Home Depot and Sears are giving advice away while some private experts are charging $50 to $75 bucks. A retired lawncare pro from the Washington D.C. area proudly displays the expansive, perfectly groomed lawn around his modest home. He's offering his advice for free, and who doesn't love free advice (unless it's unsolicited)?

It's interesting that Google set this up on the Google platform rather than leaving it to YouTube. Is this considered part of Google+ traffic?
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn,
User Rank: Author
11/6/2013 | 1:36:31 AM
re: Google Helpouts Offers Lessons By Video
Perhaps, although thanks to Edward Snowden, it's now clear that no Web service is truly private.
User Rank: Apprentice
11/6/2013 | 12:33:15 AM
re: Google Helpouts Offers Lessons By Video
I strongly recommend NOT using any google service. There privacy violations are just too severe. Instead, I would check out Ravetree, DuckDuckGo, Dolphin browser, and HushMail as google alternatives.
Shane M. O'Neill
Shane M. O'Neill,
User Rank: Author
11/5/2013 | 10:26:00 PM
re: Google Helpouts Offers Lessons By Video
I'm struggling to find a downside here, other than it's another service that replaces leaving your house. But seems ideal for learning an instrument, tutoring or cooking lessons. I wonder how many instructors will offer to work for free.

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