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In an attempt to play a more important role in your life, Google has now come out with a service that allows users to pay for live video chats with experts of specific subjects.
Introduced on Monday at a press conference, this service allows users access to the expertise of over a thousand experts from fields like fitness, painting, photography, computing and much more. Users can clear their doubts, get expert advice and detailed know-how through one-on-one video chat sessions with experts of their choice. These sessions can last anywhere between several minutes to a few hours depending on the expert's preferences and pricing.
When launched, the service will feature eight categories, including Home & Garden, Computers & Electronics, Health & Counseling, Nutrition & Fitness, Fashion & Beauty, Art & Music, Cooking, and Education.
So Google is simply saying that through this service, anyone can learn how to play a guitar, bake a cake, fix their hardware and much more. As always, Google believes that eventually, Helpouts will grow into something much bigger, that its API will will be given out to enable developers to expand the scope and potential of the service.
Here's the question that some of you might be asking. How is Google's market place for advice different from YouTube? Well, the difference is that the service is more personal, on-demand and you'll be able to interact with your expert in real time.
Payments will be facilitated though Google Wallet and that the Internet giant will take a 20 percent cut on every transaction towards this service. Also, no other payment method is supported at the moment.
How It Works?
Step 1: Go to https://helpouts.google.com/home
Step 2: Pick an expert, check the price.
Step 3: If you have not already signed up for a Google Wallet account, now is the time. Helpout payments can only be made with Google Wallet.