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Tits & Glass and policy changes

Category : App Reviewz, Life through Glass · (1) Comment · by June 3, 2013

There have been quite a few interesting developments in the world of Glass today.

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Glass gets Porn

Tits & Glass, the first pornography app for Glass, was released today to a waiting world.  This glassware sends pornographic images to the user’s timeline.  You can vote and comment on images.  Comments use the Glass speech-to-text capabilities.  Also, you can share your own pornographic images with the T&G community.

An interesting and inevitable concept.  Since the Dawn of Tech, we have seen technology and pornography go hand in… uh… hand.  “In my day, the internet was only used to download porn”, or so said Philip J. Fry when speaking of the 1990’s.  I can’t begin to tell you how many solitaire apps I’ve seen on Android with clunky UI’s and naked girls.  Unlike iPhone’s Appstore, the Android Market (now the Google Play Store) has never been “curated”, so almost anything goes.  Now we have a new tech venue, and porn is quick to follow.  They call it “Rule #34: “If it exists, there IS porn on it.”

So I proceeded to try to review Tits & Glass.  Even though everyone is talking about it, nobody wants to admit actually using it.  But I’m not going to shy away from the risque.  Alas…

Google says “NO”

I have this pet peeve about people changing the rules at the last minute, and that’s what happened here.  On June 1st, Google changed their Glass Platform Developer Policies to forbid “sexually explicit material”.  MiKandi, the developers of Tits & Glass, only became aware of this development after their glassware was launched.  Google’s Policy states

“Violations of these policies are violations of the Glass API Terms of Service, and can result in the disablement or removal of your application, being prohibited from providing future applications, or termination of your Google Account(s).” 

It’s that last part that’s really scary, at least for Glass owners.  Your Glass is linked with your Google account –  it cannot be transferred – so if your Google account is dead, it would be like losing the keys to the kingdom.

Furthermore, if Tits & Glass gets the Google boot, their app would no longer be easy to load.  The user would have no way of turning the app “On” in the MyGlass website, so the app would need to be side-loaded, which is not something the average user wants to do.

At the risk of offending someone, I’d like to say this is a decision Google should have made a long time ago, BEFORE the first Glass devices were released to developers.  This app was obvious.

Google had a similar “no pornography” rule in place in the Android market but they didn’t really enforce it, at least not in the first few years.  I can’t tell you how often I flagged pornographic solitaire games on Android to no avail.  Let me be clear – I am a woman and I am not offended by pornography.  I AM offended by “developers” taking someone else’s software, adding stolen nude photos to it and cluttering up the market with it.  Honestly, the Cards & Casino section (where my company sells our fine quality card games) used to look like a porn store and it turned away our potential customers.

So if Google allowed that image to define their aspiring Android market back before it became popular, I’m really quite puzzled about this development.

So what’s the deal with Tits & Glass?

After installing T&G, I waited and waited for pornographic photos to appear in my timeline.  “Where’s my porn?” I thought, and wondered how my life had come to this.  I tapped a photo and looked for the option to share it to T&G but there was no new sharing option available.  I scanned the website looking for new submissions from the app’s users.  The page of images was up when my business partner, Josh, entered my office for our daily meeting.  I explained the situation but neglected to minimize the window until he complained that it was “distracting”.

This whole story is starting to sound like the premise of an x-rated film.  The fact is, I just wanted to write my review and get on with my day but so far I saw no evidence that T&G worked at all.

Finally, I found the answers in the website’s blog:

Wow, what a morning, folks. Really. We appreciate all the positive feedback on our adult Glass app, Tits & Glass.

Since we announced the availability of Tits & Glass this morning, nearly 10,000 unique vistors have visited TitsAndGlass.com, and a dozen Glass users have already signed up with our app. Not surprisingly, we’ve reached our API limits. Our previously approved request to up our limit was later denied today, so unfortunately, there’ll be no more updates to Tits & Glass until tomorrow.

However, more importantly, and thus the purpose behind this blog post- MiKandi became aware today that Google changed its policy over the weekend to ban adult content on all Glassware.

When we received our Glass and started developing our app 2 weeks ago, we went through the policy very carefully to make sure we were developing the app within the terms. We double checked again last week when making the site live on the Internet and available for install for testing during last week’s announcement. We were not notified of any changes and still haven’t been notified by Google. We also double checked our emails to see if any notifications of policy changes were announced, but we haven’t found any such emails.

Although the app is still live and people are using it, at this point we must make changes to the app in order to comply with the new policies. Expect to see changes to the application tomorrow.

Best regards,

Jesse Adams

CEO, MiKandi

Not surprisingly, the bottom of Google’s policy page makes this statement:

“These policies may be revised from time to time without notice. Please check back here for any updates.”

So there you have it.  I can’t review the app today since the API limit has been reached, and I think I’ll have to get up pretty early tomorrow if I want a crack at it.

In the mean time, anyone with or without Glass can view and vote on the images on the Tits & Glass website.  They are shown in order of popularity (by votes), and I can tell you there have been new images added since I started looking into this earlier.  This is the link:  titsandglass.com.  It is very pornographic – what I would consider XX rated photos – so enter at your own risk and don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

For the less X-rated web page that discusses how to set up Tits & Glass, you can click here instead:  titsandglass.com/how-it-works

Or for the short version, here’s a screenshot from the page as of today.  I expect the whole thing will be different by tomorrow.

Old how it works

 

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Laura Ockel
4 years ago · Reply

I’ve been looking for new news this morning, but there is none so far. Still no porn on my Glass and still no option to share to T&G from my Glass. I didn’t expect any new content since their blog states they want to comply with Google’s policy. However, I’m surprised that I still don’t see them as an option to share.
When our app reached its API limits, the ability to share to the app still appeared on Glass. To the wearer, it still looked like you had shared your photo – it just never arrived at its destination. This leads me to believe the app has been stopped on MiKandi’s side until they make the changes they mentioned. We shall see…

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