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Google’s instructions on how not to be a Glasshole

19 Feb

What are you looking at, bub?

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Google Glass users: Don’t be Glassholes.

That’s advice from Google Inc.which laid out in a post today the do’s and don’ts of using Google Glass, the company’s wearable device that has some people in a tizzy over its ability to discreetly record video and take photos.

The list doesn’t explicitly say what to do if a conflict arises, but it issues a few talking points. The post tells users to explain that Glass serves a lot of the same functions a mobile phone does when they ask, and it instructs them to always ask to record photos or videos of others.

Most of the bullet points are pretty self-explanatory. It suggests users not to be creepy or rude with the tech, and avoid getting defensive when people ask questions about Glass (read: when they get cranky about the possibility of it being used to record them). It also said Glass wearers should use a screen lock to prevent identity theft, avoid cage fighting while wearing Glass (seriously), and turn off the device in areas and situations that require cell phone users to do so.

Finally, don’t Glass out, the post says. Google designed the device for short bursts of information, and staring off into space for long periods of time might make users look like weirdos.

In short, use Glass to get directions to that hole-in-the-wall ramen shop or to find out how many ounces are in a cup when your hands are covered in cookie dough, but don’t use it to read Dostoyevsky.

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