Google has issued advice to testers of its Glass wearable over in the US, telling them not to be a “glasshole.”
The term glasshole is one that has recently come to the fore, and it means – well, that much is pretty obvious. Generally speaking, it refers to anyone using Glass to be “creepy or rude” in Google’s words.
Google’s exact advice on this topic, as laid out in a Do’s and Don’ts document (spotted by NBC), is: “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.”
Taking photos or videos, and the privacy concerns therein, is one of the biggest potential problem areas for Google Glass, and Glass Explorers have encountered hostility or at least suspicion from some members of the public.
In his article conveying his thoughts on Google Glass after using it for a year, Russell Holly noted that: “It’s a rarity that I encounter someone in public who asks about the hardware I am wearing and doesn’t immediately follow their initial inquiry with ‘are you recording everything right now?’ or some variant thereof.”
But he adds that as long as you’re like him, and don’t mind talking people through these concerns, folks are generally fine. Indeed, that’s something Google alludes to in the above advice – “don’t get snappy” when asked questions.
Other no-no’s Google advised against included wearing Glass while taking part in extreme sports, and not to “Glass out,” in other words look like you’re completely zoning out while using Glass for a long time. Glass is designed to be used in short bursts, rather than for reading all six volumes of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire while everyone around you thinks you’ve fallen into a catatonic state.