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Google tells Glass users: ‘Don’t be a Glasshole’

Google Glass Etiquette Guide

Google knows that it has its work cut out for it when it comes to making Google Glass more widely accepted by the general public, which is why it’s put a strict ban on Glass facial recognition apps and other features that could potentially creep people out. However, Google also knows that some of its more zealous early Glass adopters could also pose an image problem for the product, which is why it’s published a handy etiquette guide for Glass users on the do’s and don’t’s of using its computerized headset.

By far the most amusing item on Google’s “don’t” list is “Don’t be creepy or rude (aka, a ‘Glasshole’).” Google knows that Glass could get the same stigma as Bluetooth earpieces if its early adopters are perceived as being oblivious to the world around them and it wants to make sure its Glass pioneers are on the most sociable behavior.

“Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy,” Google writes. “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.”

Google also tells users that they shouldn’t expect to wear Glass out in public and not get asked questions from multiple people about the device since it’s so novel and new. It also recommends that they not stare into Glass’s display for hours on end because “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.”

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.