Google Literally Tells Glass Explorers Not to Be “Glassholes” in New Guidelines
Stay classy, Google.
Google has a tough job in making Google glass appeal to the masses. People have all kinds of fears about privacy and looking like a dork, because the only person to ever successfully pull off computerized eyewear is LeVar Burton. To help Glass’s image, they’ve sent out a set of guidelines to teach their Explorers not to be “Glassholes.”
The guide has a series of helpful Do’s and Don’ts to help Explorers be the best representatives they can be of Google Glass to the general public. It’s probably a good idea, too, because things like a guy getting interrogated by Homeland Security for wearing his Glass into a movie theater probably isn’t going to help public perception any, even if that reaction was a bit extreme.
Still, the best part is when Google invents the term “Glasshole” for people who don’t understand how to function on a basic level with new technology in modern society:
Be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). 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. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well. Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers.
“Don’t be creepy or rude” is pretty solid advice just for every day life, by the way.
If you’ve got Google Glass, you’re officially on notice. So, please be considerate and make sure you follow the guidelines, Explorers. We don’t want Google to give up on humanity, pack up, and fly away into space, which I’m pretty sure is their contingency plan if the Earth isn’t ready for their technological wonders.