Google + Hangouts for Writing Groups
MediaBistro.com has a full report and posted a link to a how-to by Mary Robinette Kowal.
In its early stages, it looks useful for writing groups in distant cities, for friends logging in for the commitment to write and then checking back with the group, and creating a structure for discussion or critique. Learn more here.
Mary is one of the people testing the new Hangout for Writers. Learn more and sign up here if you too want to be an early adopter. https://plus.google.com/up/start/?sw=1&type=st
Here's feedback from participants: http://www.jamierubin.net/2011/07/14/my-first-google-writers-hangout/