Google Glass etiquette: what are the basic rules?

May 7, 2013
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Google Glass etiquette

Google Glass etiquette rules seem to become a necessary thing, just like they are for any product that hasn’t been available before on the market (and with serious potential to change things).

The same way things happened for mobile phones or cameras, to give just a couple of examples, some Google Glass etiquette may prove necessary in the future, if the device will become a part of our regular, day-to-day life (and things seem to be pointing in that direction). Even if Google Glass (you can find out how it works here), is only in the hands of Glass Explorers at the moment, some ground rules might be a good idea before it all becomes mass-market.

What should the main rules be?

As previously mentioned, you can already come across a couple of sets of unofficial rules, most notably in an article which has been recently published by The Wall Street Journal‘s website. They make quite a bit of sense and are certainly a pretty good starting point.

First of all, the article says that you should keep in mind the fact that you have a camera on your head, which is why it could be a good idea to act accordingly. Think about the things you wouldn’t do if a camera was in your hand, as well as where and for what you would use said camera. If you realize that you wouldn’t use the camera in a certain situation, simply turn Glass off.

Another article, this time from Atlantic Wire, adds some important points to that, saying that Google Glass should be taken off in the bathroom, in all inappropriate settings, as well as when meeting new people, as they could feel uncomfortable with you wearing it.

The WSJ article says that you shouldn’t overreact with the voice commands, by using them all the time. More than that, you could sound come out as weird doing it (as Eric Schmidt himself pointed out recently). The article also advises against using Google Glass to make calls in public, a rule many people won’t agree to – after all, it is a Bluetooh headset, isn’t it?).

Google Glass etiquette

One that sounds most reasonable is to try not to use it when others are around, probably for the same reasons Eric Schmidt mentioned – looking up all the time or even winking (which falls into the camera category) seem pretty unacceptable actions. Letting other try it Glass on, so they find out what the fuss is about and stop being worried, could also be a good idea.

What else should be added?

Should anything else be added to said rules? Probably so.

For example, it might be a good idea, just the same as for cell phones, to avoid using Google Glass in locations where their use has been banned by the owner of that place (there are already such limitations in place), or while driving, if there will be a law stating that. These might be obvious, but people tend to disregard such things just because they think they’re unfair.

However, the most important Google Glass etiquette advice which can be given is one that works for almost anything: to think things through before you actually do them.

Do you think there are Google Glass etiquette rules which should be added to the above? If so, let us know in a comment.