There’s a delightful term being given to certain-types of users in how they use their newfangled Google Glass devices… Glassholes. I’m sure you don’t need us to break that word down; let’s just say it’s a tad towards the derogatory side.
Not everyone who uses Glass is one of these, but Google – looking to promote adoption in public – has posted a guide to early adopters helping them not to become one…
Some of the points made in Google’s “dos and don’ts” on how to be a successful ‘Explorer’ (early adopter) are seemingly obvious… I mean, who knew we shouldn’t take photos where it’s prohibited?
Other no-nos include;
- Don’t wear whilst doing high-impact sports.
- Don’t stare off into space reading a book .etc whilst in public.
- Don’t get frustrated at intrigued individuals naturally asking questions.
As for what Google advocates;
- Do “explore” and use the technology to ease your daily activities and engage with the world rather.
- Do use Glass to “free-up” your hands for other activities e.g. cooking, golfing…
- Do be respectful and ask for permission to take photos .etc
- Do share your experiences which helps to promote and improve the product…
If Glass is going to be a success; it will almost undoubtedly be because of the Explorers doing a great job promoting the benefits of Google’s innovative device to the wider-public…
Here in Blighty, a study of 1132 people has shown that only one in three people would be comfortable wearing Glass in public. Only 11% are unperturbed by privacy issues. You can read coverage of the study over on our sister site MarketingTech. Hopefully widespread usage will bring acceptability. It wasn’t long ago that video-calling was socially awkward in public.
With various forms of wearable technology popping-up from every manufacturer, it probably won’t be long before everyone has some form on their face or wrists.
For early-adopters, take Google’s advice… and don’t be a Glasshole.
What do you think about Google’s guide and the public perception of Glass?