Google to Glass Explorers: Stop Being Glassholes

While the Google Glass is still on its beta stage with the number of people selected to purchase and explore Google Glass, it turns out that the tech giant still needs to release guidelines when it comes to using the glass. The tech company has been collecting feedback from the “Explorers” and provided a list of tips to Stop being a Glasshole. This is an effort to help these Explorers avoid creeping out the public as the Google will soon make the glass available in the public.
Staring into space for a long time tops the list of the don’ts in Google’s list. This suggests glass wearer not to become overly engaged with the glass in public since doing so will make the wearer look creepy and idiot. This is because few of the people know that you are wearing Google glasses. This is of course if you don’t mind being avoided or getting the ridiculous stare from the public.
While other tips are quite apparent, Google still put it into writing sense of the Glass wearers might have lost some etiquette over their excitement of the device.
“Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends,”
“Ask permission before taking photos or videos of others.”
“One way to avoid making people feel uncomfortable is to slip Glass around your neck or put them in a backpack.”
It has reached to Google’s warning that the some of the people who found out that one wears Google Glass; they would likely ask the wearer about the new technology. This is where the wearer’s social skills are tested in which he must try not to be Glasshole. This means that the wearer must avoid being snappy instead the wearer needs to be patient instead. The wearer must explain the features of the Glass which has great similarities to smart phones. This includes the camera, email, maps, etc.
While it is the common thing to do, Google still indulged in preaching basic etiquette and good manners by saying “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.”
The tips didn’t just tackle manners when it comes to using the Google Glass. The tech company also encourages optimizing the use of the device. This means taking advantage of the Google Glass voice commands which allow people to use the device sands the hands during golf plays, cooking sessions or activities where your hands are busy. Adding a password will definitely protect the device in case the device gets stolen.
The company also reminded the wearer of the use of the device with this statement, “Glass puts you more in control of your technology and frees you to look up and engage with the world around you rather than look down and be distracted from it”
Google even encourages social interaction stating: “Have a hangout with your friends, get walking directions to a fantastic new restaurant, or get an update on that delayed flight.”
If you are in doubt what to do and what not when it comes using Google Glass, the best thing to rely on is your common sense. You can never go wrong with using it.
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