Google Glass: Don’t Be A Glasshole

In a “Do’s and Don’ts” post published by Google, they tell potential users of Google Glass not to be a “Glasshole”. Yes, they really said the word “Glasshole”.

The term “Glasshole” has been around since 2012, and is thought to have been coined by Twitter user Startup L. Jackson.

Although Glasshole has been a commonly used term, this appears to be the first time that Google has publicly used the word.

Here is an excerpt from the post:

DON’T 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.”

Some more “don’ts” include wearing Google Glass and expecting people to ignore you. Just assume that people are going to ask questions and be prepared to explain what Google Glass is and what it does in an easy to understand manner.

Don’t “Glass-out”. This basically means don’t get so involved in Google Glass that you space off and people around you start to look at you funny. You probably shouldn’t be reading on novel on Glass.

Don’t water ski, ride bulls, or cage fight with Google Glass on. In other words, don’t play high impact sports or activities wearing Glass.

Now it’s time for the “do’s”.

Explore the world around you. Glass gives you an technological advantage. Use it to enhance your life.

Take advantage of voice commands. Glass will free up your hands and give you more freedom and time to do the things you love.

Ask for permission before taking any pictures or recording people.

Use the screen lock. Glass has the ability to lock itself like a smartphone. If you ever lose it or it gets stolen, you can wipe all of your data off.

Be active and give feedback to the Glass Explorer Community.

Above all, make sure you follow all of the don’ts and try not to break any of them. If you follow the guidelines outlined above, you are almost guaranteed not to be referred to as a Glasshole.