With new and unfamiliar technology, one of the keys to making sure it grows is to make sure people have a good first impression. For instance, do you really think that all the mall cops of Segways helped Segway?
I say that because Google is acknowledging that some Google Glass users are, well, Glassholes.
TechCrunch pointed me toward Google's Glass Explorers page, which has existed for some time, but until now I'd never noticed that the company actually tells people to refrain from acting like Glassholes– you know, Google Glass-wearing assholes. Glassholes.
On a page titled "Do's and Don'ts," Google specifically states "Don't be creepy or rude, aka a Glasshole."
"Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. 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."
Basically, Google is saying that if you're rude with your Google Glass, that's why we can't have nice things.
Also, you can expect questions. For one, you have something weird strapped to your face.
"Let’s face it, you’re gonna get some questions. Be patient and explain that Glass has a lot of the same features as a mobile phone (camera, maps, email, etc.). Also, develop your own etiquette. If you’re worried about someone interrupting that romantic dinner at a nice restaurant with a question about Glass, just take it off and put it around the back of your neck or in your bag," says Google.
So, all Google has to do is make people stop proposing through Google Glass and I think we'll be good.
Image via Robert Scoble, Google+. I'm not saying Robert Scoble's a Glasshole or anything–I'm sure he's more than courteous with his wearable tech. Just...this picture....wow...