How to Wear Google Glass and Not Be a Glasshole

Google has made public an etiquette guide for Glass users on the do's and don'ts of using the upcoming wearable tech. The list stems from advice provided by long-time Explorer wearers, as these people are shaping the Explorer community.

"Our Glass Explorer community, which consists of people from all walks of life, actively participates in shaping the future of Glass. With new technology comes new questions, and our Explorers help to answer those questions," Google's guide explains.

One of the funnier entries says not to be creepy or rude (AKA a “Glasshole"). If other people have a question about Glass, be polite and don't get snappy; a quick demo can go a long way. In situations and places where cell phones should be turned off, do the same with Glass. Being rude will not get businesses and individuals excited about Glass.

"Glass was built for short bursts of information and interactions that allow you to quickly get back to doing the other things you love," reads the guide. "If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time, you're probably looking pretty weird to the people around you. So don't read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens."

Don't wear Glass and expect to be ignored, the guide reads. If wearing Glass during a romantic meal at a restaurant may bring on questions from other diners, place Glass around your neck or take them off completely. As a personal side note, just take Glass off during a romantic meal anyway. Seeing that camera staring back while eating is just rude.

Some of the "Do's" listed on the guide include exploring the world around you, taking advantage of the Glass voice commands, and asking for permission before taking videos or pictures of withers with the camera. Also use a screen lock.

"If you ever lose your device or have it stolen by a budding online resale entrepreneur, you can turn off Glassware and perform a remote wipe (e.g. factory reset) of the device, removing all your information from the device," reads the guide. "All you need to do is go to your MyGlass page on your browser, or the MyGlass App on your phone."

To read the full list of Do's and Don'ts, head here. Google Glass is expected to go retail sometime this summer.

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  • "How to Wear Google Glass and Not Be a Glasshole." Simple. Take them off.
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  • I bet cops will love seeing you with one of these after they pull you over.
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  • "How to Wear Google Glass and Not Be a Glasshole." Simple. Take them off.
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  • There have been a couple of parties with coworkers and friends of my wife where someone will show up wearing the glasses. The second they walk in, you see their smug expression as they seem to be convinced that the whole room, let alone anyone, gives a shit. "Yeah, I am in the Glass Explorer program. I KNOW people." Most people pretend to be mildly interested and anyone that tries them on is totally underwhelmed but pretends to be impressed because giving an honest assessment to the techie-hipster that owns them would feel too much like kicking an annoying little yap dog...maybe the dog deserves it, but it's just a little dog that doesn't know any better so kicking it is just sort of cruel.Then as soon as the glass-douche bails on the party, everyone can openly say how dumb they thought the glasses, and their owner, were. I am actually heartened by the fact that the majority of people seem to respond negatively to this product. It gives me some glimmer of hope for humanity's future.
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