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Google+ Hangouts On Air to go off the air in September

The web giant is migrating users of its group video chat feature to its YouTube Live offering.

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Google+ Hangouts On Air is going away, but its broadcast feature isn't going far.

The web giant said Monday its Hangouts group video chat feature will be discontinued on September 12 in favor of its YouTube Live feature. Google said that video events scheduled to occur after that date should be moved to YouTube's live-streaming feature.

Unveiled in 2011, the Hangouts On Air took the traditional Google+ hangout a step further. Instead of just holding a video chat with a small circle of people, you could broadcast to a much wider audience through the On Air version, making it an ideal forum for celebrities and organizations that wanted to promote themselves or reach out to fans and followers.

Google has posted step-by-step instructions on how to use Hangouts On Air on YouTube Live, as well as information on how to schedule a YouTube Live broadcast and who can see those broadcasts.