Google is reportedly testing a new commerce service called Helpouts internally. Its a live video marketplace to work via Hangouts and use Google Wallet to pay and charge.
Helpouts is a service that Google is going to be hosting soon. It features people who reserve Hangouts for a nominal fee. The sessions could be for a number of services. And the mediator would be the Google Wallet. So Google Helpouts will be a new commerce solution for all. This service will provide users an online marketplace to buy or sell services or technical support via live video. Therefore, chatting can finally come of age.
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The service is still about a month away, according to Techcrunch. Google began road testing the site in late June. In fact, the launch date is pretty flexible and may not materialize at all. If it does begin in a serious way, conversations online will be charged on a minute by minute basis.
This platform termed Helpouts is basically all about e-commerce. Talented individuals lend their skills to one another and make appointments for which they charge cash. If you are a psychologist, you may give psychotherapy sessions on a video to a depressed patient thereby improving his or her sad state and earning your due reward in the process. The categories are limited for now but they could expand into the hundreds.
Computers, education, nutrition, fitness, favorite pastimes and home repair are just some of the slots available for chatting at present. Either you can teach as per schedule or begin chatting right away. The choice is yours. The previous Hangouts video mechanism would serve just fine for this new venture. This of course is an experiment and so it may fail if Google doesn’t earn much revenue via its usage.