Google launched Helpouts

Google Helpouts is a market for live video lessons from subject matter experts vetted by Google, rated and reviewed by previous customers. Think of  paying per minute or per session for a video chat with a subject matter expert. Have a plumbing question? Start up a video call using your cell phone with an expert who can see your issue, and guide you through to success.

 Google-helpouts-logoThe service ranged from free to paid. So far I’ve seen 15 cents per minute, to $75 per Helpout.

Google will skim 20% off the top, the balance goes to the service provider.

And speaking of services:

  • Art & Music
  • Computers & Electronics
  • Cooking
  • Education & Careers
  • Fashion & Beauty
  • Fitness & Nutrition
  • Health
  • Home & Garden

What about sports? Dance? Healthcare? Business? Counseling? Legal? Religion? Politics? Is there an API for this, where a developer can integrate the platform into their own app for, say, a specific and dedicated product support?

Lots of unanswered questions, as to be expected. This is new, and it’s exciting. Watch this space.

Here’s the Google Helpouts promo video:

Jareau AlmeydaGoogle launched Helpouts