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Do not be ‘Glassholes,’ Google advises Glass users

AFP, SAN FRANCISCO

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, appears at the keynote address with the Google Glass to introduce the Google Glass Explorer edition during the company’s annual developer conference, Google I/O, in San Francisco, California, on June 27, 2012.

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Google on Tuesday gave early adopters of its Internet-connected eyewear a bit of advice: Do not be “Glassholes.”

It was the final suggestion in a recommended code of conduct posted online for software developers and others taking part in an Explorer program providing early access to Google Glass.

The California-based Internet titan appeared intent on avoiding the kinds of caustic run-ins that have seen some Glass wearers tossed from eateries, pubs or other establishments due to concerns over camera capabilities built into devices.

Do not be “creepy or rude (aka, a ‘Glasshole’),” Google said in a guide posted online for Explorer program members. “Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy.”

Google suggested that Glass wearers be polite and offer demonstrations to possibly win over the wary. Glass fans were advised it is proper to follow the same rules set down for smartphone use in businesses.

“If you’re asked to turn your phone off, turn Glass off as well,” Google said. “Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers.”

In the wake of one early adopter claiming Glass gave him headaches, Google told users not to “Glass-out” by staring into the inset prism screen for long periods at a time.

Glass was designed to deliver helpful bursts of information conveniently to let wearers get back to doing things in the real world, according to the technology firm.

“If you find yourself staring off into the prism for long periods of time you’re probably looking pretty weird to the people around you,” Google said.

“So don’t read War and Peace on Glass. Things like that are better done on bigger screens,” it added.

Google also advised against wearing Glass while playing impact sports or being foolish enough to think the eyewear will not draw attention.

The “do” list included venturing about, using voice commands, asking permission to take pictures and employing screen locks to prevent use if Glass is lost or stolen.

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