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Google Glass inspires etiquette guide and SNL mockery

The Wall Street Journal wants you to mind your manners while wearing Google Glass. Image: Mary Evans Picture Library/Alamy; Google (Glass); Wall Street Journal

Since Google Glass was first announced, the public reaction has been a mix of intrigue and horror — alternating between "this is the visible decline of humanity" and "I want one on my face right now." One of the biggest complaints about Google's wearable camera is that it will interrupt normal human interaction.

Even Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says that we will have "develop some new social etiquette" to accommodate the new technology. In response, the Wall Street Journal has done just that.

The Wall Street Journal's "Google Glass: An Etiquette Guide" steps users through the best ways to not freak people out while wearing Glass. Some of the best tips are "be courteous and take the device off in locker rooms, public bathrooms, business meetings, movie theaters and anywhere else where wielding a camera would be improper or offensive" and "don't be creepy." (The latter is good advice even if you aren't wearing a computer on your face.)

 Here's an excerpt from the article

Always remember: You have a camera on your head.

And there's no way for others to tell whether that camera is on or off. Sure, people might notice the tiny screen near your eye sparkling when they look closely. But that could be anything from a text message to an episode of "Parks and Recreation." Naturally, people are going to be spooked out about whether or not you're recording them.

How do you assuage their fears? Don't say, "Well, there are probably cameras recording you right now that you don't know about," or "It'd be easier for me to secretly snap a picture of you with my phone." That all may be true, but still—you have a camera on your head. It's practically a third eye. People have every right to feel uncomfortable. Acknowledge that.

Comedian Fred Armisen proves exactly why we need a guide to Google Glass etiquette on Saturday Night Live.

On the opposite end of the media spectrum, Google Glass has made its way into Saturday Night Live. Comedian Fred Armisen portrays a wide-eyed tech blogger who is unable to see the flaws in Google Glass or how it is affecting his behavior. Not only is the scene a great impression of a typical prototype Glass user (and, yes, there's a Tumblr for that), it is an awesome satire of the overenthusiastic tech blogging community that is all too quick to ignore the flaws in a device because of its high-tech coolness.

You can watch it here:


Total comments: 27
By photosen (May 9, 2013)

Can't see video, please don't use Hulu.

By MikeFairbanks (May 9, 2013)

For law enforcement, military, etc. these are a good idea. Pilots, teachers, professors, mechanics....etc. They could be extremely useful.

Friends meeting for lunch, dinner, etc.?

Bring a cup of saltwater. Pour it on his head. JK

Seriously, really lame to wear those day-to-day. It's not only creepy, but they look terrible.

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By Camediadude (May 9, 2013)

I love how these mega-conglomerates like google have gotten into the habit of whispering in our ears as to what we "want" and "need" ...

and now they seem all about creating and feeding this moronic manufactured frenzy, trying to brainwash masses and get big media to be its lapdog in manipulating easily influenced people to lust over and consume their next big idiarrhea device (which of course keep getting to be more and more like something out of an Orwellian future, it is never to push us towards something useful that can benefit humanity, like the Lifestraw just as an example).

It is not even close to a marketing campaign that a camera company might engage in, no, this is exponentially on a whole other level. It is disturbing and gross to see.

"do not evil" indeed...

By Trollshavethebestcandy (May 8, 2013)

And cue song...
"I always feel like
Somebody's wa-tching me-e
And I got no privacy
Ow oh ow"

Etiquette? Just don't $&@#ing buy them. That is the proper etiquette.

By Trollshavethebestcandy (May 8, 2013)

I see the biggest purchaser of these will be law enforcement. If you film cops you can go to jail (So stupid and wrong). The only good I see for these is to film cops. Wear them when you get pulled over or are talking to a cop.

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By neo_nights (May 8, 2013)

For those who coulnd't find (or were too lazy to look for it) on YT:

Unfortunately there's only that low-res version :(

By stevo23 (May 8, 2013)

Worst invention of the century. Creepy, stupid and a step back for humanity.

Neloy Sinha
By Neloy Sinha (May 8, 2013)

Google glass is the next best object of desire for us. Those who can afford they will buy it and others will watch and may criticize smartly as long as they do not have one. It will surpass the smart phones. Asian giants will make successful clone of it at a nominal price within next six months. Then there will be cosmetic upgrade regarding pixel count and sensor size. You may bar me by law to wear one, but it will simply increase my curiosity . There will be a secret society who will exchange their google data through encrypted channel. Only heroes like Spider man or Super man and elite commandos will get it free. In the next Bond movie the gadget freak villain is expected to wear one. I am also expecting Tom to wear one in the fore coming MI franchise in lieu of his designer glasses. I wish them all the best. In the mean time I shall watch. wait and prey to get one in coming years.But I will never say that the 'Grapes r sour".

By agentul (May 9, 2013)

i'm waiting for the headline "teenager sells his kidney for google glass". because there's that iphone precedent.

Wye Photography
By Wye Photography (May 8, 2013)

Glasshole indeed!

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Nishi Drew
By Nishi Drew (May 8, 2013)

I don't see so much freaking out over phone cameras, that guy that's acting like he's making a phone call? Well he IS acting like he's making a phone call and really taking a video. While there are people who wear their phone/cameras around a strap, can't always tell if their taking any shots or footage now can we, I know because I do that to stay candid~

By agentul (May 8, 2013)

it would be cool if that's how they actually worked. free entertainment for the rest of us.

By OneGuy (May 8, 2013)

We need a frontal head-on shot of Gglasses being worn. Not drawings, not comedy show shot, but a real shot.

You know, like sites similar to DPR could do if they'd only think about it.

By Lights (May 8, 2013)


By Trollshavethebestcandy (May 8, 2013)

Watch porn while you drive or cross the street. No, that wont kill people. Darwin is calling... Answer your Darwin Glasses.

Paul Farace
By Paul Farace (May 7, 2013)

Probably the only funny SNL skit in years!

By rfsIII (May 7, 2013)

Saturday Night Live is a jewel in our cultural crown. I cannot believe we do not let others in the world watch it. I'm sure that it would do much to raise our standing among other nations if they were to see it.

white tea
By white tea (May 7, 2013)

What is the sense of posting info which is available only for US residents?

By balios (May 7, 2013)

So that US residents can watch it legally, while the rest of us know what to search for on Youtube.

Andreas Stuebs
By Andreas Stuebs (May 8, 2013)

With all due respect -I have searched on YouTube and did not find it. Perhaps someone could give us non - Americans a clue?

By balios (May 8, 2013)

Search for "google glass snl" on Youtube.

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Andreas Stuebs
By Andreas Stuebs (May 7, 2013)

Regrettably the SNL footage cannot be viewed outside USA

By LensBeginner (May 7, 2013)

Egg zachary.

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By tazmac (May 7, 2013)


Gerard Hoffnung
By Gerard Hoffnung (May 7, 2013)

You Tube

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Lars Rehm
By Lars Rehm (May 7, 2013)

Sorry about that. As suggested I'd recommend a 'manual' youtube search :-)

By cquarksnow (May 26, 2013)

just use proxy with US-based servers

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