On Sunday, May 6 2012, +Channels Television launched its first online citizen participation forum by leveraging the Google+ Hangout social media tool.
This hangout was the first of its kind by any media organisation in Nigeria and it included guest participant, former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, Nasir El Rufai who discussed the state of the Nation with the over 72 people.
In the maiden hangout, Mr Elrufai responded to different questions from Nigerians who called in from different parts of the world.
Questions such as How young Nigerians abroad can deal with the fears of insecurity in the country when considering to return to Nigeria, the former Minister’s opinion on the Boko Haram insurgency in the North, the fuel subsidy probe report, and the political climate in Nigeria.
Google+ is a product of internet search giant Google that allows conversations from people’s ‘circles’ and other profile users.
How to join our hangouts
Channels Television is planning subsequent hangouts with celebrities, politicians, security personnel and other people in the news.
In order to use Google+ Hangout, you will first need to install the Google Talk plugin. This can be downloaded and installed at: http://google.com/talk/
You will also need to have a Gmail address and join Google+.
Once you join Google+ search for Channels Television and click on the follow button to add us to your circle.
Channels Television will inform you of the next hangout in advance to give you room to research the topic and prepare ahead of the meeting.
Look forward to seeing you at the next hangout.