Google has published an official guide for Google Glass users
, and its closing tip cements a term that is likely to persist throughout the life of the product: “Glasshole.”
Specifically, a Glasshole is someone who acts “creepy or rude” while wearing the optical, head-mounted computer display in public. Here’s the full admonition from Google:
[Don’t] be creepy or rude (aka, a “Glasshole”). Respect others and if they have questions about Glass don’t get snappy. Be polite and explain what Glass does and remember, a quick demo can go a long way. In places where cell phone cameras aren’t allowed, the same rules will apply to Glass. If you’re asked to turn your phone off, 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.
“Glasshole” had already made its way to Urban Dictionary
about a year ago, with this definition: “A person who constantly talks to their Google Glass, ignoring the outside world.”
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Other tips in Google’s user guide include advising users to not “Glass-out” (use the device for long periods of time), to avoid wearing it while doing high-impact sports, to ask for permission before using it around friends, and to use Google Glass’s often-touted voice command functions.