When Google first invited people to strap Google Glass to their faces, the device didn't come with an etiquette guide. Now, after thousands of users have tested the smart glasses for nearly two years through the company's Explorer program, Google is channeling its inner Miss Manners and offering some basic do's and don'ts on how to use Google Glass.
Much of Google's guidelines encourage users to use Google Glass to the full extent. "Explore the world around you," said the company on the Google Glass website. "Take advantage of the Glass voice commands. Be an active and vocal member of the Glass Explorer Community."
Google also knows that Glass shouldn't be used for everything. The company advises people not to get lost in Glass, since the device is meant to be used for short bursts of information.
"If you find yourself staring into the prism for long periods of time you're probably looking weird to the people around you," said Google. "So don't read 'War and Peace' on Glass."
But even using Glass for a couple of minutes is sure to pique a person's curiosity. "Don't wear it and expect to be ignored," said Google. The company adds that people will naturally ask questions about the device, and that Glass users should be polite and accommodating. "Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go along way."
Perhaps the company's most notable point is flat out telling Glass owners, "Don't be creepy or rude (aka a 'Glasshole')."
Google also says to treat Glass as if it were a cell phone. "If you're asked to turn off your phone, 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."