When I was in New York recently I walked up to a guy who was wearing Google Glass at Shake Shack and tried to start a conversation with him in the hopes of getting a demo of what the ‘Glass’ could do. I’d never seen this new-fangled tech in real life and I was pretty excited about the prospect of seeing what it could do.
Unfortunately the Glass wearer was not as friendly as the Google Glass promos would have you believe all ‘Glass Explorers’ are. He was actually a bit of a dick. Rolling his eyes and walking away. I mean, I get that New Yorkers in general are not the most welcoming people, but when you are the ambassador of a product that you profess will change the world, you should at least say ‘Sorry I’m busy trying to eat my burger, alone, in this park’. If I’d known these assholes were in fact ‘Glassholes’ I said that under my breath as I was walking away.
Since my interaction with the Glasshole, Google have caught on to the fact that these people exist and are representing them all across America. In response they have written up a guide on how to interact with people while wearing glass, the underlying message be nice:
[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.
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