Google posts the definitive anti-Glasshole guide

There’s a delightful term being given to certain-types of users in how they use their newfangled Google Glass devices… Glassholes. I’m sure you don’t need us to break that word down; let’s just say it’s a tad towards the derogatory side.

Not everyone who uses Glass is one of these, but Google – looking to promote adoption in public – has posted a guide to early adopters helping them not to become one...

Some of the points made in Google’s “dos and don’ts” on how to be a successful ‘Explorer’ (early adopter) are seemingly obvious… I mean, who knew we shouldn’t take photos where it’s prohibited?

Other no-nos include;

  1. Don’t wear whilst doing high-impact sports.
  2. Don’t stare off into space reading a book .etc whilst in public.
  3. Don’t get frustrated at intrigued individuals naturally asking questions.

As for what Google advocates;

  1. Do “explore” and use the technology to ease your daily activities and engage with the world rather.
  2. Do use Glass to “free-up” your hands for other activities e.g. cooking, golfing...
  3. Do be respectful and ask for permission to take photos .etc
  4. Do share your experiences which helps to promote and improve the product...

If Glass is going to be a success; it will almost undoubtedly be because of the Explorers doing a great job promoting the benefits of Google’s innovative device to the wider-public...

Here in Blighty, a study of 1132 people has shown that only one in three people would be comfortable wearing Glass in public. Only 11% are unperturbed by privacy issues. You can read coverage of the study over on our sister site MarketingTech. Hopefully widespread usage will bring acceptability. It wasn’t long ago that video-calling was socially awkward in public.

With various forms of wearable technology popping-up from every manufacturer, it probably won’t be long before everyone has some form on their face or wrists.

For early-adopters, take Google’s advice… and don’t be a Glasshole.

What do you think about Google’s guide and the public perception of Glass?

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20 Feb 2014, 6:34 p.m.

I get why people remark at the failure to interact -- we get enough people walking straight into us on the sidewalk from cellphone use. But what does the warning mean about staring off into space while reading in public? I do that now: Are people going to presume that I'm using Google Glass?