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William Shatner Takes On Social Networking

timothy posted more than 4 years ago | from the man-of-many-talents dept.

Social Networks 294

nut writes "Everybody's favourite actor, author and starship captain is bringing some new ideas to the world of social networking. Myouterspace.com is, in the Captain's own words, '...a Sci Fi Social Network for those with a passion for the arts.' Facebook and Myspace should be worried. Sign up now. Go on, you know you want to."

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How? Could we. turn. down. Such! an offer? (5, Funny)

spun (1352) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446340)

KHAAAAAAN!

Re:How? Could we. turn. down. Such! an offer? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446426)

Slashdoted in record time.

Re:How? Could we. turn. down. Such! an offer? (5, Funny)

Thing I am (761900) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446466)

Damn it Jim, we're unable to connect to the database.

Re:How? Could we. turn. down. Such! an offer? (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446492)

Damn it Jim, I'm a doctor not a DBA.

Re:How? Could we. turn. down. Such! an offer? (5, Funny)

QRDeNameland (873957) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447018)

I'm bringin' up all the servers we've got, Captain! If those Slashdotter's push it any harder the whole thing will blow!

Re:How? Could we. turn. down. Such! an offer? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31447056)

to late.. Database Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQL

Shatner will be everything to Social Networking... (4, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446570)

...that he has been to acting. And music [google.com] .

Scotty, beam him up, please!

Twitter should be scared too. (5, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446608)

In order to foster his unique style, and to one-up Twitter, the main form of communication on this social networking site are tiny posts, known as "Shats", limited to exactly one word.

Re:Twitter should be scared too. (2, Funny)

Beardo the Bearded (321478) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446904)

Okay,...

shat...

is...

coming ...

out

Re:Twitter should be scared too. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446996)

Your post isn't Shat enough.
Let me rewrite it.

In order to foster his unique style, and to one-up Twitter, the main form of communication, on this social networking site, are tiny posts, known entirely as "Shats".

Re:Twitter should be scared too. (2, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447100)

In order to foster his unique style, and to one-up Twitter, the main form of communication on this social networking site are tiny posts, known as "Shats", limited to exactly one word.

Screw you, buddy. Now I have to wipe yogurt out of my keyboard.

Re:Twitter should be scared too. (1)

Sulphur (1548251) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447340)

Spaghetti

Re:Twitter should be scared too. (1)

wonderboss (952111) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447398)

Chewed up apple.

He's dead, Jim! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446626)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qJQwHwP0ojI

Re:How? Could we. turn. down. Such! an offer? (1)

Heed00 (1473203) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446646)

He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him.

*Throws a Tribble at Kirk*

obligatory (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446356)

ws: its,,,,, a series of,,,,,,,, noobs

ln: fascinating

Re:obligatory (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446680)

Shouldn't that be "My God, it's full of nerds!" -- Dave Bowman, 2001

Should've called it... (5, Funny)

Ann O'Nymous-Coward (460094) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446360)

...Spacebook?

HYPErspace? No, wait, Lucas got that already.

Whatever you call it, as ideas go, it's pure Shat.

Re:Should've called it... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446940)

All "Offtopic" moderations of jokes about the topic will be metamoderated as Unfair.

An empty threat. Metamoderation hasn't existed on /. in a long time. What they call metamod now is merely a kind of supplemental moderation, it isn't moddinng the mods. Like the US govt, /. checks and balances are history!

Re:Should've called it... (1)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447434)

...Spacebook?

HYPErspace? No, wait, Lucas got that already.

Whatever you call it, as ideas go, it's pure Shat.

I dunno ... maybe "Shatdot"?

Captain (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446392)

Everybody's favourite actor, author and starship captain

Jean-Luc Picard?

Re:Captain (1)

Donkey_Hotey (1433053) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446678)

Heretic

Re:Captain (1)

NiceGeek (126629) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446720)

Great game, Hexen too.

Re:Captain (1)

genner (694963) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447144)

His name is Patrick Stewart!
We are calling him a heretic because he didn't know his name...right?

Facinating... (5, Funny)

Mantis8 (876944) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446394)

But most illogical captain.

It is logical (4, Funny)

Freaky Spook (811861) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446470)

Amas enough virgins in one place, and one of them is likely to get laid................

Re:It is logical (3, Funny)

Chris Burke (6130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446638)

One?! I'm thinking most of 'em already get the kind of "laid" where it only happens to one.. ;)

Re:It is logical (2, Informative)

jack2000 (1178961) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447372)

Don't underestimate the power of virgins concentrated in a small place. Sometimes they change spin, randomly. Queer quantum things begin to occur between them.

Re:It is logical (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446774)

um, but only if they're green.

Re:It is logical (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447444)

Green Orion women have voracious sexual appetites so are unlikely to be virgins.

I, on the other hand...

Re:It is logical (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446832)

Sure, but remember it's Kirk that does the deed.

Re:It is logical (5, Funny)

SteveFoerster (136027) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447010)

Amas enough virgins in one place, and one of them is likely to get laid................

I think you mean "amass".

Hmm, except "amas" means "you love" in Latin.

Never mind. Carry on.

Re:It is logical (2, Informative)

v1 (525388) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447346)

I would expect two

Re:Facinating... (1)

dkleinsc (563838) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446630)

Don't ask me. I'm a doctor, not a web designer!

Sorry... (0)

SwampChicken (1383905) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446402)

I was thinking about signing up, but there's just way too many images of shatner on the one page...so I think I'll pass.

Not social networking... (5, Insightful)

Darkness404 (1287218) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446420)

Myouterspace.com is, in the captain's own words, '... a Sci Fi Social Network for those with a passion for the arts.'

But that is exactly why it won't catch on. The reason why Facebook is so popular is because -everyone- can use it. You, the people who you went to high school with, your mom, your grandma, your college classmates, your boss. Everyone can use it. No one feels alienated. That is why it is successful. Shatner's site seems more like a glorified forum, a great place to find people who share the same interest, but that isn't what Facebook is for.

Re:Not social networking... (5, Funny)

eln (21727) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446436)

Oh come on, be nice...after all, how many other places are there on the Internet where nerds can sit around debating the finer points of Star Trek all day long? Talk about an under-served market!

Re:Not social networking... (0)

gestalt_n_pepper (991155) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446454)

Well, there's um... here. Admit it. It's happened.

Re:Not social networking... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446640)

Paging Captain Obvious to the Starship Whoosh.

Idiot.

Re:Not social networking... (1)

randy of the redwood (1565519) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446886)

If you'd left off idiot, you'd have been modded +5 funny.

Oh well, as an AC you probably don't care much about karma.

Re:Not social networking... (1)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447384)

I think funny doesn't affect karma anyway.

Re:Not social networking... (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446864)

Here's another opportunity for a low id number. "I would expect a comment like that from a 3 digit member".

Re:Not social networking... (4, Insightful)

khallow (566160) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446452)

It also seems to have a rigid structure perhaps verging on caste. Everyone has a particular planet (and perhaps spaceship) that they can belong to which seems based somehow on their interests. That sounds likely to exacerbate the problems you mention above.

Re:Not social networking... (4, Insightful)

_xeno_ (155264) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446568)

Shatner's site seems more like a glorified forum, a great place to find people who share the same interest, but that isn't what Facebook is for.

If I were going to draw a comparison with an existing site, I'd compare it to deviantART [deviantart.com] , but for sci-fi. It's a social networking site in the sense that's intended for people with a common interest to network with each other - but it's not taking on Facebook.

But suggesting that it is will likely get more attention.

Re:Not social networking... (-1, Troll)

fyngyrz (762201) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446600)

The reason why Facebook is so popular is because -everyone- can use it.

Didn't facebook throw registered sex offenders off? They're the henin, or untouchables, of the US class system. Even lower than felons. The new negros. It's perfectly ok to hate them and lock them out of everything. They're not a legitimate part of "everyone", right?

Re:Not social networking... (1, Flamebait)

The Turd Burglar (1765270) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446616)

Go back to NAMBLA you child fucker.

Re:Not social networking... (3, Funny)

Yvan256 (722131) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447396)

The North American Marlon Brando Look Alikes?

Re:Not social networking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446694)

Mod parent up.

Re:Not social networking... (1)

The Turd Burglar (1765270) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446764)

Aww, did another child fucker get banned from facebook? Poor baby...

Re:Not social networking... (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446890)

No, the AC was a public pisser which is treated the same as a child molester in some jurisdictions.

Re:Not social networking... (1)

tolkienfan (892463) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447198)

+5

Re:Not social networking... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446902)

Well, one could debate the merits of the sex offender registry, which includes many incidents of dubious nature, like hugging in no-contact schools.

Re:Not social networking... (1)

MillionthMonkey (240664) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447410)

But you don't need to commit a sex offense to get rid of a Facebook account.

Go to your profile page, select "Account Settings" from the drop down menu, and click the "deactivate" link.

Re:Not social networking... (1)

yelirekim (1371387) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446676)

Facebook started out as a closed community available only to ivy league universities, but then eventually used the fanaticism of that user base to leverage its growth. I think that this won't be as large as facebook because step 2 can't really happen, but it's a far cry from something that just flat out won't work. A 'trekkie' is by definition already a fanatic so this might not be such a bad demographic.

Re:Not social networking... (5, Insightful)

Ironhandx (1762146) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446684)

Generally speaking, a lot of nerds are social pariahs and don't necessarily WANT to talk to anyone they went to high school with. I know I'm in that category. All but for 2 people that I still keep in touch with from back then, I'd just as soon never see or hear from them again.

Plus is freaking SHATNER.

This. Will. Get. Rabid followers. Almost. Instantly.

The whole point is that its social networking for those that don't really like the current social networking. Using facebook is often to these people the same as being in high school again. I had a pretty good high school experience compared to some nerds, but I don't keep in touch with most of those idiots for a reason.

I take that back, facebook is WORSE than being in high school again, because in high school you could ignore people and generally they would leave you alone. On facebook you ignore them and they whine to everyone they know that you're ignoring them and then those people whine at you. Don't look at me like I'm an elitist jerk or something, everyone has a few of those people in their histories.

Re:Not social networking... (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31447354)

If you carry grudges from high school past the age of 20, you are definitely doing life wrong.

Re:Not social networking... (4, Informative)

NotBornYesterday (1093817) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446702)

Actually, Facebook gained popularity by doing very much the opposite. At first, it was just for Harvard students. Then just for Ivy league. They created an exclusive club, and gradually opened it to more and more people.

Re:Not social networking... (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446922)

Yes, only the elite are chosen as the first to enrich strangers by providing content. The great unwashed have to wait to be exploited.

Re:Not social networking... (2, Insightful)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446820)

That is also the main reason why so many of us don't use it. Or like it. Or find it of value.

Its a fad (1)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446456)

Just like that star trek thing... Or the internet...

I canna give her any more (1)

pupdog311 (617396) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446464)

Of course, it's already broken. Where's that drunk Scot when we need him?

I'm givin' it all she's got, Captain! (5, Funny)

metatheism (1747884) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446486)

Clearly Scotty's expertise does not extend to the realm of dynamic load-balancing :)

Re:I'm givin' it all she's got, Captain! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446796)

Sure it does... but his method requires an even number of dilithium crystals.

Naah... (1)

denzacar (181829) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446978)

It's just that he finds the input devices available... well... quaint. [youtube.com]

Re:I'm givin' it all she's got, Captain! (1)

martin-boundary (547041) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447002)

No, no! The site is actually designed to include random delays while trying to connect.

It's. all about the. experience.

Don't do it. You will not be able to resist. (3, Funny)

ipquickly (1562169) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446494)

The year is 2045 and "tek," a highly addictive computer-based reality drug takes the users of the drug into a fantasy world.

Oh, I see where you're going here, Shatner!

To all you slashdot readers, please heed my words...
"JUST SAY NO!"

MyOuterSpace is DeadSpace (1)

muphin (842524) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446496)

heh it already died: Database Error: Unable to connect to the database:Could not connect to MySQL
and man is it slooooooooow!!!! didnt know they had servers on pluto

Re:MyOuterSpace is DeadSpace (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446656)

I don't think joomla is meant to be a full featured social networking base for global use or even slashdot use... http://www.myouterspace.com/administrator/

Re:MyOuterSpace is DeadSpace (2, Funny)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447408)

I suspect the database fields are out of alignment.

I would but..... (5, Informative)

spruce (454842) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446498)

I tried to sign up, but during the login process a wild pack of jocks showed up and gave me a wedgie of galactic proportions, stole my lunch and banged the picture of a girl I planned on talking to eventually.

Re:I would but..... (5, Funny)

onion2k (203094) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446546)

If that comment was on any other website besides /. I'd think it was a joke, but I'm not so sure here...

It wasn't a joke! (4, Funny)

spruce (454842) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446808)

I DID plan on talking to her! I even wrote some (pseudo) code for said conversation:

if (!ArmPitsSmell() && CrustinessOfClothes() != OH_MY_GAWD_TOO_CRUSTY) {
        var sexytime = Girl.ComplimentTeeth();
        if (sexytime) {
                FeelBoobs();
                CleanPants();
        } else {
                AssumeFetalPosition();
        }
}

Re:I would but..... (2, Funny)

Tolkien (664315) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446654)

Count yourself lucky that they only banged the picture...

Re:I would but..... (1)

ClosedSource (238333) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446942)

Count yourself lucky it was her picture.

First? (5, Funny)

onion2k (203094) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446508)

It's the first anti-social network.

Re:First? (5, Funny)

ScrewMaster (602015) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447452)

It's the first anti-social network.

Truly News for Nerds, Stuff that Antimatters.

favorite? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446584)

"Everybody's favourite actor, author and starship captain"

Not mine.

--Security Guard OneARGHHHHhhhhh*silence*

Slashdotted? (1)

bigredradio (631970) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446642)

You posted to slashdot? myouterspace.com, prepare to be slashdotted!

Re:Slashdotted? (1)

geminidomino (614729) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446714)

You posted to slashdot? myouterspace.com, prepare to be slashdotted!

It's dead, Jim.

Yeah, right (1)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446650)

I hear it's just like Facebook, except that once a month William Shatner personally sends a message to each member advising them to get a life! [youtube.com]

Let's Talk About Captain Kirk's Resurrection... (2, Interesting)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446688)

I have a lot of time & respect for Mr. Shatner these days - after spending decades as a bit of prima donna, in these twilight years of his he does appear to have developed something of a sense of humour & the ability to not take himself too seriously.

And whilst I don't deny his impact on sci-fi TV & movies, he has put his name to a total of three trilogies (yes, nine books!) detailing the second coming of Captain Kirk following his resurrection by the Borg after "joining the choir invisibule" in Star Trek Generations. For those of you who haven't read any of them, rumour has it they were ghost written by Judith & Garfield Reeve Stevens (who have written a host of other Trek books) but within those volumes, The Risen Kirk goes back to meet and ultimately defeat himself as the Emperor of the Mirror Universe, single-handedly defeats the remainder of the Borg race Picard didn't defeat in Star Trek First Contact, and has many other adventures alongside Picard, Janeway, and just about every other character & spaceship from TNG, DS9 & Voyager... and I haven't even read the last trilogy yet!

Don't get me wrong, they're occasional "The Adventure Book For Boys" fun pulpy reads in a similar fashion to those "Commando" war comics where every German stormtrooper dies at the dangerous end of a British Tommy's machine gun next to a "Yiearrggh!" speech bubble, but they're hardly classic science fiction...

I'm sure Bill's heart's in the right place & there's a fun element to what he's trying to do here - but I wouldn't ask a teenage McDonalds employee to give me his opinion on cordon bleu cookery, so I'm certainly not going to take Bill's views on sci-fi too seriously either...

Re:Let's Talk About Captain Kirk's Resurrection... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31447236)

I have a lot of time & respect for Mr. Shatner these days - after spending decades as a bit of prima donna, in these twilight years of his he does appear to have developed something of a sense of humour & the ability to not take himself too seriously.

Meh. I've seen enough of recent Shatner in interviews (e.g. his interaction with Takei) to believe that Shat's just as big a jerk as he ever was. He's just figured out that his ticket to success is do his "Shatner does an impersonation of Shatner" routine and appear to be the guy who doesn't take himself too seriously. I think his current adoration amongst fans is merely people confusing the act for the actor. But, YMMV.

Re:Let's Talk About Captain Kirk's Resurrection... (1)

pandrijeczko (588093) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447382)

I'm just saying it like I see it, I don't do the "celebrity worship" thing - as far as I'm concerned, I pay money for musicians or actors to entertain me and what they do between bouts of entertaining me is their own business.

But I'm sure Shatner has accumulated enough wealth during his career to never need to earn any more money ever again - so I'm sure there's other reasons he's doing it.

Re:Let's Talk About Captain Kirk's Resurrection... (1)

taustin (171655) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447278)

What he takes seriously is his paycheck. He figured out a few years ago that people will pay him big bucks to make an ass of himself, and he'll do anything if you offer him enough money. For a big enough paycheck, I suspect he'd eat live babies on national television.

The End is nigh (1)

Yvanhoe (564877) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446786)

William Shatner was slashdotted. The internet has accomplished its purpose. It may now rest in peace.

How will it be different than (1)

gsgriffin (1195771) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446834)

what we are doing here and who is already here? Same people. Same topics. Just without the costumes...we hope

Star trek networking (5, Funny)

gijoel (628142) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446844)

Why would God need a social networking site?

I once worked for Bill (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31446858)

and was thinking of signing up to his science fiction DVD club until he walked right by our desks and ignored us completely. Thanks a lot Bill.

Gamer profile type (1)

wisnoskij (1206448) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446944)

contains a surprising lack of preferred consoles.
list:
None
Nintendo
DSNintendo
Wii
PC / Computer
Sony Playstation
Sony PS3
Sony PSP
Miscrosoft Xbox
Microsoft Xbox 360

The list contains Xbox original and PS1 but not the PS2? strange.

and almost no retro consoles.

obligatory (4, Funny)

spywhere (824072) | more than 4 years ago | (#31446972)

[Scotty]

Captain! Captain! The server is Slashdotted! There's fecal antimatter all over the deck! If we don't upgrade soon she'll blow apart!

[/Scotty]

Apparently their servers believe... (2, Funny)

zawarski (1381571) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447118)

...it *is* a good day to die!

Re:Apparently their servers believe... (1)

rubycodez (864176) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447426)

You have insulted the connection rate and scalability of my server cluster, I challenge you do a deadly duel!

About that starship destroyer (1)

rinoid (451982) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447240)

[Cpt Kirk]

More bandwidth Scotty

[Scotty]
I'm giving her all she's got!!!

Weird Connection Problems (2)

mattwrock (1630159) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447298)

When I tried it, I.. could.. only.. get two.. or .. three words... .... ... to .. display.. It was very... frustrating... like using a... 300 ... BAUD ... Modem...

Plan to deal with obnoxious users and trolls (2, Funny)

Schnoodledorfer (1223854) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447312)

Any user flagged as a "hostile life form" is punished by the website playing Mr. Shatner's version of "Mr. Tambourine Man" [amazon.com] the next time they access the site.

Be careful (1)

TDyl (862130) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447316)

I've heard there's a Boston law firm waiting to sue any /.'er that oversteps the shat

The Shat's been Shot by a Slash Dot... (1)

Caduceus1 (178942) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447342)

Set Phizzers on Reboot...

Slashdotted. And he wasn't even wearing red... (1)

jedidiah (1196) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447412)

It's dead Jim.

Mind...boggling... (1)

ewe2 (47163) | more than 4 years ago | (#31447418)

no..spotlight...or stool...how will...we interact?!

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