Google offers tips on how not to be a 'Glasshole'

Google offers tips on how not to be a 'Glasshole'

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An attendee tries Google Glass during the Google I/O developer conference on May 17, 2013 in San Francisco, California.

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by BRETT MOLINA / USA TODAY

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Posted on February 19, 2014 at 9:22 AM

A fresh set of tips from Google has surfaced advising members of its Google Glass Explorers on best practices for using their high-tech eyewears.

Among the bits of advice given to the tech giant by expert Explorers: don't act like a "Glasshole."

So, how does one earn that clever nickname? According to Google's short list of Do's and Don'ts, it's when Glass users act "creepy or rude."

"Breaking the rules or being rude will not get businesses excited about Glass and will ruin it for other Explorers," reads Google's list. Among some of the tips offered by Google: prepare to answer lots of questions about the eyewear, take them off if you don't want to be bothered and ask permission before taking photos and videos of other people.

The eyewear has attracted lots of attention since the Glass Explorers program launched in 2012. Recently, some police departments in the U.S. revealed they were reviewing whether to outfit officers with Google Glass.

But the high-tech glasses have also courted controversy, specifically over privacy.

During an annual shareholders meeting last year, Google CEO Larry Page downplayed the privacy fears. "People worry about all sorts of things that actually, when we use the product, it is not that big a concern," he said.

Follow Brett Molina on Twitter: @bam923.

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