The joy of glogging

Why blogging with Google Glass is the next big thing in social media

Google's experimental Google Glass headset enhances your experience of living by putting photography, apps and the Internet "right there."

But as a writer recently Glassified, I've discovered that it also lets you share your experiences with the world by making blogging, photo blogging and vlogging (video blogging) more intimate, immediate and available.

It's a whole new medium that takes blogging to the next level.

How Glogging works

Google Glass is worn like a pair of glasses. A clever prism mirror bounces light from a tiny screen into your right eye while still allowing that eye to see through. It looks like picture-in-picture TV, but for real life.

Mike Elgan wearing Google Glass
Your far-flung correspondent glogging hands-free on the streets of San Francisco.

A camera faces forward and pictures and video can be shot with a button or voice command. You say: "OK, Glass: Take a picture" or "record a video."

Glogging posts are published on Google+ by default. You can also install apps for glogging on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Path.

Glass pictures and videos automatically show up privately in your Google+ photo section. By simply "Sharing" them, they're published. You can add words, links and other content if you like.

You can also post instantly directly from Glass. While viewing a photo or video in glass, tapping brings up a "Share" option. Another tap shows you the addressing of who to share with, defaulting to your most recently shared contact. These can be people, or Google+ circles, or "Public." Choosing that last option makes it a blog post.

It takes less than five seconds to take a photo and share it publicly on my Google+ stream.

If you want to write something, you can combine Glass with a phone, tablet or laptop to quickly write a post to accompany your photography.

I've discovered that glogging is not only a new medium in its own right, but an incredibly compelling way to communicate. Here's why.

Glogging is more intimate

Each evolving transition, from clay tablets, scrolls, letters, telegraph, telephone, mobile phone, email, blogging, photo blogging and vlogging moves away from stiff, formulaic formality and toward more intimate, personal communication with others.

Glogging takes the historic increase of intimacy one step further.

Before Google Glass, the most intimate mainstream form of communication was vlogging, or video blogging. Vlogging creates the feeling that the viewer is hanging out with the vlogger, conversing with him and being part of his life. (If you haven't seen a good vlog, check out this recent episode from LockerGnome CEO Chris Pirillo's vlog.)

With vlogging, the camera puts the viewer into the room, seeing the vlogger "over there." Glogging enables the viewer to share the perspective of the vlogger. When you watch my video glog, you don't see me. You see what I see and hear what I hear. Vlogger Joe Miragliotta recently used Google Glass to vlog his experience of Disneyland -- roller coasters and all.

The shift from blogging to glogging is comparable to the change from old-school video games to first-person shooters, which is now the most popular kind of console video game. With first-person shooters, you don't see your own character on screen, you see what that character sees. Your character's hands, for example, are visible at the bottom of the screen holding weapons and other objects and moving, say, when the character is running. When other game characters make eye contact with your character, they make eye contact with you as the player.

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