Google Hangouts is fantastic: really the only good feature of Google+, and a favorite of many people who work with remote teams. Recently I found myself having to schedule several meetings over Hangouts, and I didn’t want to deal with inviting people when it was time for the meeting to start.
Well, Google offers a very undocumented solution to this problem: you can set up a mostly permanent Hangout to use for quick collaboration.
To set one up, visit Google+ Events and click Create Event. Under Event Options » Advanced, check off “Hangouts” to make it an online event only:
Then, set your event date to some day far in the future. Your Hangout link will expire on this day, so be sure to set yourself a reminder to redo this.
Once it’s created, you should see it in your upcoming events:
Click the Hangouts link to open your empty hangout. The URL in this window is your permanent link you can now quickly share to people to set up a quick conference call with screen sharing and such.
Bonus tip: You can use Smile Software’s fantastic TextExpander to set up a snippet to drop the link easily. I personally use