Columbia prepares to host its first City Council Google Hangout

Friday, August 2, 2013 | 1:10 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The city will begin broadcasting City Council meetings on Google Hangouts with Monday's meeting. 

Columbia recently joined Google+, the official social networking site for Google. Google Hangouts will allow for city meetings to be broadcast live and then posted to the city's Google+ page after the broadcast. These broadcasts are free and open to the public. 

In order to watch the on-air event users will need to create a Google+ account. The implementation of Google Hangouts will not replace the broadcasts on the city website and television channel. 

The city plans to broadcast meetings of select boards and commissions via Google Hangouts in the future, according to a news release from the City of Columbia. 

Supervising editor is Hannah Wiese.

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