With Google Glass recently going on sale to the public for one day, the press keeps promoting Google’s etiquette sheet that indicates how to use Google Glass properly without issues. But it seems Google may have to revise their etiquette rules eventually based on some unexpected backlashes and other issues that keep developing with the adherents known as “Explorers.” Because there isn’t unanimous support yet in how well Google Glass is going to help people lead better lives, what kind of rules should users create on their own to make it easier?
Based on the backlash of anti-Google Glass citizens out there, there may have to be a contingency etiquette available that Explorers can call up on their frames.
Hand Signs for Usage of Google Glass
Google warns people not to stare into space when reading something on their glasses out of fear someone will think you’re staring at someone or something inappropriately. Why Google hasn’t simply mentioned using hand signals to let people know what you’re doing is a bit interesting. Then again, hand signals can be just as misconstrued as staring in space, so you’d have to use one that’s appropriate to the people around you. A hand signal of a ‘G’ would we be worthy if someone walks up to you with a disgusted expression. At least you’d have a chance to Google whether the signal is a gang hand sign in the neighborhood you’re sitting in.
Tackling Anti-Google Glass Thugs
Google may have to add an addendum to their etiquette book after Google Glass users in San Francisco were attacked by those against the technology. Perhaps the anti-Google crowd should write an official manifesto first before Explorers write their own rules about how to handle them. Based on first glance, the problem may be that they’re afraid of Google Glass becoming too much of distraction and leading to accidents. After cell phones became the previous distraction while driving, can Google Glass adherents write their own rules as a defense?
While Googling up snarky comebacks would be great, the best approach is to take a more moderated approach to the glasses and take them off when in a public place. If you have them on when first walking in, get a good look at the immediate reactions. Study and see if those expressions are welcoming or ones denoting they’ll soon take your glasses and giving them a thunderous stomp on the floor.
Eventually, it may have to lead to another etiquette rule: Just how much video should you be taking of things?
Letting People Know You’re Videoing
It’s possible the real backlash against Google Glass was in those taking video without letting anyone in public places know. Yes, call this the extension of the “Glasshole” principle Google delineated so smartly. While they do tell you to adhere to camera and phone rules and to let people know if it’s ok to video them, there aren’t any specific rules on when it’s appropriate.
Should you tell everyone that you’re videoing everyone in a restaurant or bar if by chance you need to get footage for evidence in a legal case? What about undercover reports for the media, or if getting surprise footage for an event? Even moviemakers may use it without anybody knowing, just because nobody would know unless told. An indicator light should have been placed on the outward side of the glasses to let people know to avoid any potential law abusers.
Etiquette When Walking Down the Street with Google Glass
You can be sure someone is going to take a risk and surf the net or use augmented reality while walking down a busy street. And this is going to inevitably start leading to people running into other people, or at least arm bumps. Despite this problem improving on traveling at high speed in a car, you’ll need to come up with certain apologetic phrases to use to let people know you’re a Google Glass user. Mostly, it should be a phrase that indicates you’re turning Google Glass off until in a safer place.
You don’t have to call yourself a Glasshole in this instance, though you may want to say you’re an “Explorer Incoming” to give more or less a euphemism without being so self-derogatory.