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William Shatner Takes On Social Networking

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  • obligatory (Score:2, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward

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

    ln: fascinating

  • by Ann O'Nymous-Coward (460094) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:25PM (#31446360)

    ...Spacebook?

    HYPErspace? No, wait, Lucas got that already.

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

    • ...Spacebook?

      HYPErspace? No, wait, Lucas got that already.

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

      I dunno ... maybe "Shatdot"?

  • Captain (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:27PM (#31446392)

    Everybody's favourite actor, author and starship captain

    Jean-Luc Picard?

  • by Mantis8 (876944) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:27PM (#31446394)
    But most illogical captain.
  • by Darkness404 (1287218) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:28PM (#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.

    • by eln (21727) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:30PM (#31446436) Homepage
      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!
    • by khallow (566160) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:33PM (#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.
      • 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.

        Geocities is dead! Long live Geocities!

    • by _xeno_ (155264) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:41PM (#31446568) Homepage Journal

      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.

    • by Ironhandx (1762146) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:53PM (#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: (Score:2, Insightful)

        by Anonymous Coward

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

        • by tftp (111690) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @09:45PM (#31447700) Homepage

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

          I don't think grudges are involved. It's probably because of lack of common ground. His high school colleagues (probably not friends even) were grouped together just by their location at the time. In my case, a good number of people I knew in school were complete blanks. Among others I knew a guy who drank alcohol heavily, for example - I'm not sure he is alive by now, and if he is I'd rather leave him alone. And I maintain contact with two guys because we have common interests (technology, electronics, etc.) Other people may also develop into something of interest to you, but so may anyone else - you won't be better off tracking their fate; statistically they are the same as any guy in the street.

          This means that the "high school set" is chosen for us, and it is not optimal. We leave it behind as soon as we can, and then start building our own network of friends, out of people that interest us and to whom we are interesting. We may take a few contacts out of the school set, but generally it is not required. Once out of school, people get lots of new contacts and have wider choice. Of course one can have 500 friends of all kinds, but then dealing with them becomes a full time job.

        • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

          by Lemming Mark (849014)

          I don't generally friend people on Facebook who I don't know. People who I knew a long time ago and had unpleasant experiences with are slightly below them in my priority order - the known data suggests I don't want to friend them! So it seems fair enough to me. Also, "doing life wrong" isn't very fair in this context. Bearing a grudge to the extent that you seek out people and try to revenge yourself on them, that would not be the best choice. Having bad memories of people from a formative part of you

      • give it time (Score:4, Interesting)

        by ChipMonk (711367) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @10:26PM (#31448012) Journal
        There were 3 that I'd talk to on graduation day. And now, I've lost touch with two of them.

        Far be it from me to equate my experience to yours, but bear with me. Twenty years ago, I was ecstatic to get out, get away, and shrug off the ties that held me down. All four in our group felt like that, and all four of us went out and made our marks on our corners of the world (mixed results, but mostly good). We each did things that the other three didn't; mine was waving a red cloth in front of a bull. Google "shakabuku" for an idea of what that's like.

        At our twentieth reunion, between 1/3 and 1/2 of our class was there--sadly, only one other from our group of four--and there wasn't a single frown in the bunch. Everyone had grown up, and everyone was happy to see one another. I even have a picture of myself with the two women who were the biggest elitist snobs of the class. Back then, I was the last person they would have posed with.

        I don't know how old you are, or how fresh the pains of high school are, so the only real bit I can pass to you is in the subject line. I certainly won't extol the virtues of FB; I'm too security-conscious for that. But I can promise you, after you give yourself time, you'll breathe easier at the prospect of dealing with your classmates once again. I'm living proof of it.

        And never mind the above comment about carrying HS grudges past 20. That's far too soon; 30 is more reasonable. I would have modded it down, but my mod points are fresh, so I'll comment instead.
    • by NotBornYesterday (1093817) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:55PM (#31446702) Journal
      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.
      • 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: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by Yvanhoe (564877)
      That is also the main reason why so many of us don't use it. Or like it. Or find it of value.
    • by Mikkeles (698461)

      I can't use it; I have my pride and self respect to consider.

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

  • by metatheism (1747884) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:35PM (#31446486)
    Clearly Scotty's expertise does not extend to the realm of dynamic load-balancing :)
  • by ipquickly (1562169) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:36PM (#31446494) Homepage

    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!"

  • I would but..... (Score:5, Informative)

    by spruce (454842) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:36PM (#31446498) Journal

    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.

  • First? (Score:5, Funny)

    by onion2k (203094) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:36PM (#31446508) Homepage

    It's the first anti-social network.

  • You posted to slashdot? myouterspace.com, prepare to be slashdotted!
  • 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]
  • by pandrijeczko (588093) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @07:54PM (#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...

    • by taustin (171655)

      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.

      • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

        by LiENUS (207736)

        For a big enough paycheck, I suspect he'd eat live babies on national television.

        Someone start up a paypal donation page!

    • by fishexe (168879)

      The Risen Kirk...single-handedly defeats the remainder of the Borg race Picard didn't defeat in Star Trek First Contact...

      Picard didn't defeat more than a shipful in First Contact. Maybe you're thinking of the Voyager finale? Either way, time to turn in your geek card.

  • William Shatner was slashdotted. The internet has accomplished its purpose. It may now rest in peace.
  • by gijoel (628142) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @08:07PM (#31446844)
    Why would God need a social networking site?
  • 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 (Score:5, Funny)

    by spywhere (824072) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @08:17PM (#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]
  • ...it *is* a good day to die!
    • by rubycodez (864176)

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

  • [Cpt Kirk]

    More bandwidth Scotty

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

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

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

  • Whatever you do on myouterspace.com, don't forget to bring a towel [wikipedia.org]!
  • If a server can't cope with being linked to on Slashdot, it is not suitable for serving a social network site.

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

  • But for God's sake man stop sending me pokes, the crew is starting to talk.

  • by fishexe (168879) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @09:31PM (#31447606) Homepage

    Everybody's favourite actor, author and starship captain is bringing some new ideas to the world of social networking.

    Not mine. Nor most of the sci-fi fans I know. My father-in-law and my virgin ex-roommate are about the only exceptions.

  • by Opportunist (166417) on Thursday March 11, 2010 @10:22PM (#31447968)

    The man that told Star Trek fans to "get a life" and who wanted to put as much distance between himself and the role of Kirk as humanly possible? I could see Koenig, but Shatner?

    I smell a "there's money in it, and those Sci-Fi geeks gobble up anything Star Trek, let's cash in".

    • by SmallFurryCreature (593017) on Friday March 12, 2010 @05:35AM (#31449646) Journal

      Patrick Stewart wants to be taken serious again as an actor, but can't resist performing as captain every time he is called out.

      Leonard Nimoy didn't want to do the new series (it was cancelled in favor of Star Trek: The Motion Picture) but again, can't resist the call.

      Shatner has always been more relaxed about it, the point about "get a life" was more "be a fan but don't take it so serious". There are trekkies that tend to loose the line between the actor Shatner and the fictional person of Kirk. It was also done as part of a skit, a comedy piece.

      For all the trek actors the series has been a mixed blessing. It is probably the biggest earner for any of them in their entire life, yet it also highlights that most actors have only a limited shelf life. There are plenty of actors that only are visible for one film or one series and are then never heard from again. To still get gigs for a series done decades ago, that is not bad, from a financial point of view. From artistic. Well some actors need to be reminded they are acting for a wage. If acting a ham pays the bills, then a ham you are.

      And of course he thinks there is money in it, else he wouldn't be trying to start a business with it. The whole point of a business is to make money.

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