Saturday, March 22, 2014

Glasshole Slocum -- March 22, 2014

"Follow Me -- I Ruin Yr Neighborhood Bar." 

I saw this sticker on a box on Drumm Street on 14-March-2014.  It took me a little while to figure out that it refers to the lady who went into Molotov's on Haight Street wearing Google Glass and became the object of the anger of the crowd who felt that she was violating their privacy.  Someone snatched the glasses from her but she got them back later.  It turned out that the crowd had a point; she had recorded the whole thing using Google Glass and turned it over to the police.  I try never to blame the victim, but Molotov's may have been the wrong place to wear Google Glass. 

Google publishes a guide to best practices for Glass wearers (  A pertinent paragraph under DONTS:
"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." 

Several bars and clubs have banned Google Glass or are reminding users of existing no camera policies. 

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