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Working with @BlogIn Bot for Google Hangouts Chat

If you use Google Hangouts chat in your organization, you can use the @BlogIn bot to interact with your BlogIn account from Hangouts Chat.

The @BlogIn bot can send real-time notifications about important BlogIn events to any Google Hangouts chat room you choose. Everyone in the chat room can see the notifications, so it's a great way to target these notifications to a specific group of people.

Below is the list of possible notifications:

  • New user joined BlogIn
    Triggered when a new user joins the blog (only available to administrators).
  • New post published on BlogIn
    Triggered when a new post is published on BlogIn in any of the selected categories.
  • New comment or reply 
    Triggered when someone comments on a post you follow.
    Hint: receive this notification as a private message from BlogIn Bot
  • You were mentioned 
    Triggered when someone mentions you on BlogIn.
    Hint: receive this notification as a private message from BlogIn bot

How to Add BlogIn bot to Google Hangouts Chat

1) In Google Hangouts Chat, select the room you would like the notifications to be sent to, type @BlogIn and hit Enter
2) Confirm that you would like to add the bot to the room by clicking "Add to room"


How to receive notification from BlogIn in Hangouts chat

Once you have added @BlogIn bot to the room proceed with the following steps:

1) In the chat window, start by typing @blogin, then press Enter to select BlogIn bot from the dropdown.

It is important that you start by typing @blogin and not pasting from the clipboard since pasting won't trigger the dropdown menu.

2) Proceed and type "add_notification" and hit Enter.

3) BlogIn bot will respond and ask you to connect your BlogIn account.

Click Connect with BlogIn and follow the onscreen instructions to choose BlogIn events you want to receive in Hangouts Chat. Please note that you must be logged in to your BlogIn account to complete this step.

Receiving private notifications from @BlogIn bot

If you want to receive private messages from @BlogIn bot instead of posting notifications to a room, you would repeat the same steps noted above, just you would type your bot commands directly to the  @BlogIn bot in a direct message, rather than in a room.

To send direct messages to @BlogIn bot, click the bot name in the list of bots in the Hangouts chat sidebar or click "Message a bot" from the Google Hangouts menu.

When sending message directly to @BlogIn bot in a private chat, you can omit the "@blogin" part of the message and just type the command you want to invoke. For example, you can just type "add_notification" or "help" when sending messages to the bot directly.

To get help, type @blogin help in the room.
(Again, do not just paste this command - start by typing @blogin then hit Enter to choose BlogIn bot and proceed with typing "help" followed by another Enter).

Still have questions?

If you still have questions or comments regarding the Hangouts chat integration, we recommend searching for answers in the Google Hangouts Support or contact our customer support for help.

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