In a serious case of IT’S ABOUT GOSH DARN TIME, Google has finally released an etiquette guide for acceptable Glass-wearing behavior.
Google wrote the guide based on advice it collected from its esteemed class of “Explorers,” a.k.a. all those geeks strutting around smugly because they got face computers before everybody else.
“Since the program started, our Explorers have gotten a lot of attention when they wear Glass out and about,” the page says. “…Luckily as the Explorer Community grows, so does their collective wisdom.”
To be fair, we could have written the guide easily: DO remove your Glass if you’re dining in a restaurant doesn’t allow Glass. DON’T wear your Glass to the strip club (you perv) or the casino (you cheater). Also, DON’T wear your Glass the next time you head on down to Guantanamo Bay War Court.
Anyway, the etiquette guide is comprised of five DO’s, and four DON’Ts. Some of the DO’s are supremely lame, like “Explore the world around you” and “Be an active and vocal member of the Glass Explorer Community.” Others, like “Ask for permission,” are very good.
Then there are the DON’Ts, which we wholeheartedly support. They include things like “[Don’t] Glass-out” (in other words, don’t get so sucked into your Glass that you forget the existence of the outside world), and “[Don’t] Rock Glass while doing high-impact sports.” Seems reasonable.
We especially appreciated this 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.
We hate to break it to you, but people are already not that excited. Sorry Google.