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Social Media Roundup: The Glasslash Begins

By / Nov 17, 2014 (Kevin P Trovini/Flickr)

Why one regular Google Glass user (who happens to write for Mashable) gave up his device. Also: Meet a nonprofit that’s suddenly $1 million richer.

Bad news for people interested in Google Glass: The backlash is here.

The device, which has had more than two years in the public eye (specifically, the right eye), is starting to feel the kind of backlash that a lot of technology eventually does. (Two words: big data.)

Read one Glass user’s breakup story in today’s Social Media Roundup:

It’s Not Me, It’s You

“I don’t know exactly when you passed from being cool to being weird, but the transition is complete.”

Tough words from a high-profile Google Glass advocate. Mashable Editor-at-Large Lance Ulanoff just announced his public breakup with the device, less than 19 months after calling the device the “beginning of a revolution” on The Today Show. Now, he says, he’s sick of wearing it. While he likes Glass (and wearables) as a concept, Ulanoff identifies the “essential disconnect between wearables and consumers that mostly boils down to fashion.” And that’s the problem Glass has failed to solve.

Ulanoff’s rant, coming from such a popular blogging site for the “connected generation,” has the scent of good timing. It comes just three days after a Reuters report highlighted the growing pains the wearable computing technology is facing. Among the problems: App developers have largely slowed down on making software for the device, and even Google cofounder and Glass advocate Sergey Brin has recently been seen in public without them on.

Google says it remains committed to the technology, but it has held off on a mainstream launch for Glass, which has lingered in a two-year-long beta program.

“We are as committed as ever to a consumer launch. That is going to take time and we are not going to launch this product until it’s absolutely ready,” Chris O’Neill, Glass head of business operations, told Reuters.

But it’s possible that losing Ulanoff could be a hint of what’s to come. It’s OK, guys: We’ll always have the 2013 ASAE Technology Conference. (ht @nycjim)

Big Money for Big Goals

The nonprofit group StoryCorps has a pretty good story about itself floating around today. On Monday, the storytelling group’s founder, David Isay, was awarded a $1 million TED prize in honor of his work with the nonprofit, which collects personal stories in audio form and shares them with the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. Isay gets to make one “wish,” namely what he’ll do with the award money, which he will disclose during TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, Canada, in March.

It sounds like a tall order, for sure. Isay suddenly finds himself in front of the camera with a lot of extra attention. As Fast Company ponders: “What will the money do to the oral history organization?” It’s a challenge with which Isay himself sounds like he’s struggling.

“Our mission is to bring StoryCorps to the people,” Isay told The New York Times. “The trick is to figure out how to use the strengths of TED.”

If you were in his shoes, what would you do? (ht @ChatterBachs)

Ernie Smith

Ernie Smith is the social media journalist for Associations Now, a former newspaper guy, and a man who is dangerous when armed with a good pun. More »

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