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Hi Val,
     In my experience, the difference with google hangouts is that, it 
lets several people to be talking simultaneously and seeing them in the 
small boxes at the bottom.  Where as in a webinar, the MC usually 
presents the speaker, then passes control to the presenter and doesn't 
talk again until the presenter has finished or need to interrupt for 
some technical problem.  All connected users can ask questions by typing 
them, sometimes it is possible to talk too but the prefered method is 
typing during the presentation and the presenter may answer the 
questions during the presentation or at the end.  So really the main 
difference, is that a webinar isn't a conversation between so many 
people.  Some companies give out gifts to encourage people to take the 
time to watch the webinar live and ask questions.  So I would say the 
Symposium was a reall success, many of us were genuinely interested 
enough to take the time to watch part or all of the symposium, ask 
questions and not expect any presents for doing so. :-)
     Thanks once again to all the presenter and all on your team for the 
Symposium.

Regards,
Jonathan

On 8/17/2014 11:11 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> what is the difference between a webinar and Google Hangouts?

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