Google:How Not To Be A Glasshole


glassholeBy Segun Oniyide

Google has heard all the concerns about Glass, its digital headset expected to hit the market by the end of the year.

Someone might  drive while using them. And, yes, they know that some people might think you’re a “Glasshole and secretly recording activities along the without coming close.

On its website for Glass, Google has posted advice for testers in its current Explorer program and, presumably, the folks who will be entering the world of Glass when the headset goes on sale to the public.

“Standing alone in the corner of a room staring at people while recording them through Glass is not going to win you any friends,” Google says. “The Glass camera function is no different from a cell phone so behave as you would with your phone and ask permission before taking photos or videos of others.”

Restaurants have banned them, and complete strangers have confronted testers because of the device’s ability to shoot photos and video Fear about privacy around Google glass have been one of the devices  biggest hurdles


Yes, Google itself used the derogatory term “Glasshole” (although it’s been massaged into a description of bad behavior, as opposed to its broader meaning as a slur, voiced by some critics, used to describe anybody wearing the headset).

“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.”

This is the real advantage of a lot of wearable tech. You don’t have to fiddle around with it like you do a smartphone. But we mostly just like Google’s hypothetical scenarios here:

“Glass can free your hands up to do other things like golfing, cooking, or juggling flaming torches while balancing on a beach ball.”

Google is pushing glass as a way of getting quick updates or performing quick actions, as a complement to other mobile devices instead of a replacement.

“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,

Once you’ve customized your Glass, bad guys who get their hands on it will have access to your e-mail and other sources of personal information, just as if they’d snagged your phone or laptop.