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Explorers have been testing Google Glass for almost a year now, and the hubbub is starting to fade. The general population has accepted Google Glass as an accessory for either the very rich or the very early adopters.
Google has been steadily letting Glass seep into our society by opening up more invitations, which means the probability that you encounter a “Glasshole” in the wild (Google’s word, not mine) increases each day. As Glass becomes more mainstream, the need for proper etiquette – or Gletiquette – is increasing. As such, Google recently posted a list of do’s and don’ts for this new generation of Glass Explorers to follow.
Let’s start with the Don’ts, because they’re a lot more fun.
If you think you can handle those, let’s move on to the Do’s.
So far so good, right? In the past year, other blogs and websites have offered their own do’s and don’ts when wearing Google Glass. Here’s where a few disagree.
Kevin Sintumuang called Google Glass the modern day Bluetooth headset. Explorers need to accept that most people will want to try on the gadget, and that you shouldn’t be creepy with it, but he disagrees that Glass testers should make the most of voice commands:
One day, Glass might become as ubiquitous as mobile phones and it won’t be that weird to hear the phrase “OK Glass” before a request for a weather update… but ask yourself: Can I do whatever I’m about to do with Glass more politely by using my smartphone?
While most of Google’s tips were meant to encourage and inspire Explorers, Simon Dumenco gave a list of places where Google Glass should be removed. For example, driving and using Glass is illegal in some states and counts as texting while driving. Also, using Glass in a movie theatre isn’t just rude, it’s considered movie piracy. Like Sintumuang, Dumenco also touched on the “annoying factor” of Google Glass:
Given all the options, you are probably less likely to annoy people when wearing Google Glass if you’re offshore somewhere — preferably on [a] boat by yourself.
Heather Kelly offered tips from the trenches, sometimes Google Glass brings you closer to more people than you would like.
After the regular barrage of questions (How does it work? Are you using it now?) many strangers ask to try on the $1,500 piece of hardware. The answer is typically no, and some owners will cite Google’s terms prohibiting the lending of Google Glass as an excuse.
The rules of Gletiquette are the same as most other forms of technology: don’t let it get in the way of real world experiences and relationships. Almost all of these tips can be applied to the iPhone and Siri when they first came out. We adapted to smartphones, and will probably adapt to Google Glass as well.