February 19, 2014
Google Etiquette Guide Shows People How Not To Be ‘Glassholes’
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Google has laid out a set of social guidelines that its Glass “Explorer” community should follow, asking them to not be “glassholes.”
When Google released its Glass into the world, it did so for just a limited quantity of people, ranging from doctors to journalists. Google Glass wearers, or “Explorers” as referred to by the company, are easy to spot because the smart glasses look like a device straight out of RoboCop.
The new guidelines set out by Google are written out to help ease the futuristic glasses into the public’s eye smoothly.
“Since the program started, our Explorers have gotten a lot of attention when they wear Glass out and about. Reactions range from the curious – “Wow! Are those the ‘Google glasses’? How do they work?” – to the suspect – “Goodness gracious do those things see into my soul?!” Luckily as the Explorer Community grows, so does their collective wisdom,” Google said in a blog post.
One piece of advice Google has told its community of glass Explorers to follow is not to be a “glasshole,” which is a wearer who is either creepy, rude, or both.
“Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass,” Google said.
The company also mentioned that if you are asked to turn off a phone, then assume that means the Glass as well.
For those who do not like added attention, the guide explains that people may want to stay away from Google Glass. The company points out that this device will most definitely grab people’s attention, so it is asking wearers to be patient with onlookers and explain how Glass uses the same features found on a smartphone.
Another antidote for not being a glasshole is to ensure you are taking off the glasses every now and then.
“Glass was built for short bursts of information and interactions that allow you to quickly get back to doing the other things you love. If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you. So don’t read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens,” Google said.
The company also recommends asking permission before deciding to go ahead and record people in a room, just like you are expected to do when taking a photo with a camera.
“Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends,” Google wrote.
For those who have not had the privilege to be a part of the Google Glass community, the company is planning a wider release later this year. However, be expected to pony up $1,500 if you want the opportunity to be a "glasshole."