May 17 - Google Glass makes people antsy, so manners experts say etiquette rules are in order. Fred Katayama reports.
It's cool and fashionable ... and it may be rude. It's Google Glass, the wearable computer. Users get stares, but those being seen get antsy. Since the Glass can record and share pictures, video and sound, some fear they'll be robbed of their privacy ... especially in private places. Thomas Farley is writing a book on high tech etiquette. SOUNDBITE: THOMAS P. FARLEY, MANNERS COLUMNIST, NEW YORK POST (ENGLISH) SAYING: "There's a lot of curiosity now about Google Glass. It's in its initial rollout. Not many people have it. So we don't see it out on the streets yet. But people know it's coming, so there's lots of curiosity now about how to act as a wearer but also for the person who's in the presence of the wearer." Here are some etiquette tips so you don't get banned as a visual vouyer. Take the bathroom, for example. Wearing it there or anywhere where cameras aren't welcome like locker rooms is a no-no as shown in this Mashable video. NAT SOUND: "What's up? ... This isn't what we mean by livestreaming." Google can put the world's library of data in front of your eyes. But don't use that to be a know-it-all blowhard, advises Mashable's editor-in-chief, Lance Ulanoff, who has used these glasses. SOUNDBITE: LANCE ULANOFF, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, MASHABLE (ENGLISH) SAYING: "You can say, 'Google, what's the price of a hamburger in France?' Boom. It'd give you that information, and so you could either seem like the smartest person at the party or the world's most annoying person." REPORTER OFF-SCREEN (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Is there a word for those kind of people?" SOUNDBITE: LANCE ULANOFF, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, MASHABLE (ENGLISH) SAYING: "We're calling them 'glassholes'." And by all means, don't wear it on a date. SOUNDBITE: THOMAS P. FARLEY, MANNERS COLUMNIST, NEW YORK POST (ENGLISH) SAYING: "Where it's more intimate, you're out on a date, I wouldn't be wearing them on a date, no way, no how. You'll scare that date away in two seconds flat." Wearers draw glances wherever they go. The best way to put people at ease: take them off and let them wear it for themselves. These are, after all, powerful instruments. As Spiderman's Peter Parker said: with great power comes great responsibility.