Google releases anti-Glasshole etiquette

Avoid being a Glasshole with Google's Google Glass etiquette list

Avoid being a Glasshole with Google's Google Glass etiquette list

It is not yet even in the market, but Google Glass has sparked conversations about possible privacy breaches. There are concerns that people are being secretly recorded by a Glass-wearing creep, or that Glass users would wear them while driving.

The Internet has a term for irresponsible Google Glass users: Glasshole. Google has recently published a list of do’s and don’ts to keep their Glass Explorers from committing Glasshole moves, because you wouldn’t want your upcoming product be associated with douchiness rather than its innovation.

Do ask for permission before shooting images – Do not just stand alone in the corner of a room and recording the party as it happens. It is not going to win you new friends. “The Glass camera function is no different from a cell phone so behave as you would with your phone and ask permission before taking photos or videos of others,” Google said.

Do not be rude – “If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well,” according to Google. There have been reports of Glass Explorers insisting on wearing their headsets even after being asked by restaurant owners to remove them. This has lead to some incidents of violence, and some restaurants banning the Glass altogether.

Do take advantage of the Glass voice commands – Do not fiddle the device around like what you do with your smartphone. If you want to take a picture, say “OK Glass, take a picture” instead of winking or tapping on the side of the headset. This would let people around you know that you are shooting a photo, instead of doing so stealthily.

Do not wear it all the time – Google Glass is supposed to provide quick updates or perform quick actions, as a complement to your mobile device rather than a replacement. Glassholes tend to wear their headsets all the time, as if it is the way of the future. “If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods o time you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you,” Google said.

Do use the screen lock – You will never know when bad guys would just snatch the Glass off your face. Activating the screen lock prevents thieves from accessing your email and other sources of personal information.

Do not expect to be ignored while wearing it – Google treats its Explorers, llike walking billboards and they do not want them to act like Glaasholes. “If you’re worried about someone interrupting that romantic dinner at a nice restaurant without a question about Glass, just take if off and put it around the back of your neck or in your bag,” according to the post.

Source: CNN

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