How not to be a Glasshole: Prim Google issues an etiquette guide

Google has put out a handy little guide for Google Glass users/explorers where it has listed the etiquette on how to use Glass.

Google has put out a handy little guide for Google Glass users and Explorers where it talks about etiquette while using Glass. As part of the Don'ts list Google has urged users not to be a 'Glasshole' while using the smartglasses.


The list is not exhaustive by any means, but does convey some of the fears the general public has about Glass and its use.


Google asks users to not be  creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Google's advice to users is to respect others and not snap at those who ask questions about how Glass works. The guide reads, "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." It goes on to say that being rude or breaking rules won't excite others about the new device.


Google urges explorers not to end up staring into Glass for long periods and ignoring others. The guide reads, "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 "rock Glass while doing high-impact sports", says Google. It asks explorers to use common sense and not to turn up to extreme sports events such as water skiing, bull-riding or cage fighting with Glass on. The temptation to film your unique point of view while riding a bull might be too great to resist, but Google says it's only wise to do so.


Google's guide also tells Glass users to ask for permission in a room when they use Glass and not to record people without their knowledge. In addition it has also asked users to be patient when wearing Glass as they are likely to face questions around it.


In short, Google wants to make sure Explorers don't end up confirming the view that Glass is something that is only for nerds or can be used to invade privacy. Google is hoping that having set some boundaries, non-users don't see it as an obnoxious gadget when it launches commercially, rumoured to be this year. Hopefully Glass users will follow these rules, when and if the product becomes more commonplace. Read our review of what the Google Glass experience feels like here.