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William Shatner Temporarily Kicked Off Google+

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William Shatner might be an early adopter but it seems someone at Google may be getting in the way of his playing with Google+.

They say celebrity endorsement is often the best way to advertise your product and attract new users. However, it seems Google this week accidentally snubbed a celebrity that was trying to check out its newest social venture. William Shatner yesterday complained via his Twitterfeed that he had been booted from Google+ for 'violating standards.'

"My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards," Shatner tweeted. "Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules maybe I should say goodbye?"

However, it seems normal service has resumed for the former captain of the U.S.S Enterprise -- his G+ account is back up and running.

Google has not said why he was given the boot but more than likely the search giant assumed the profile was fake and disabled it.

Google's stance on real names and searchable profiles was cemented earlier this month when the search giant confirmed that all private Google Profiles would be deleted come August 1. The company said the point of having a profile was to make it easy for others to find you and, as such, is encouraging everyone to make their pages public. Mountain View has also been quick to disable the pages of those who appear to be registering with fake names. Unfortunately, as is to be expected, this is leading to a lot of people with unusual names having their pages disabled.

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    sunflier , July 20, 2011 1:14 PM
    Captain's log, Stardate 07192011: Hello Everyo...................................................................
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    jacobdrj , July 20, 2011 1:25 PM
    A few weeks ago, while surfing Wikipedia randomly I came upon a piece of information that stunned me. I had an epiphany:

    William Shatner was 50 years old when he was filming Star Trek 2 in 1981...

    That means: WILLIAM SHATNER IS EIGHTY YEARS OLD... EIGHTY... 80

    I NEVER would have guessed he was anything more than 65! Dang, he aged well...

    EIGHTY!!!

    And the man is on twitter and Google+...
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    sunflier , July 20, 2011 1:22 PM
    Captain's log, Stardate 07202011: WTF?!!
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    reggieray , July 20, 2011 12:46 PM
    Who Fing cares, especially about another in your face social networking fad.
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    Anonymous , July 20, 2011 12:50 PM
    ReggieRayWho Fing cares, especially about another in your face social networking fad.


    A 'fad' that's involved hundreds of millions of people for the last decade then. Where exactly have you been?

    Do you live at home, alone, with 15 cats?
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    sunflier , July 20, 2011 1:14 PM
    Captain's log, Stardate 07192011: Hello Everyo...................................................................
  • 21 Hide
    sunflier , July 20, 2011 1:22 PM
    Captain's log, Stardate 07202011: WTF?!!
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    jacobdrj , July 20, 2011 1:25 PM
    A few weeks ago, while surfing Wikipedia randomly I came upon a piece of information that stunned me. I had an epiphany:

    William Shatner was 50 years old when he was filming Star Trek 2 in 1981...

    That means: WILLIAM SHATNER IS EIGHTY YEARS OLD... EIGHTY... 80

    I NEVER would have guessed he was anything more than 65! Dang, he aged well...

    EIGHTY!!!

    And the man is on twitter and Google+...
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    yzfr1guy , July 20, 2011 1:25 PM
    Yeah I'm so happy I can go to Toms for links to cheap clothing!
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    nukemaster , July 20, 2011 2:30 PM
    jacobdrjA few weeks ago, while surfing Wikipedia randomly I came upon a piece of information that stunned me. I had an epiphany:William Shatner was 50 years old when he was filming Star Trek 2 in 1981...That means: WILLIAM SHATNER IS EIGHTY YEARS OLD... EIGHTY... 80I NEVER would have guessed he was anything more than 65! Dang, he aged well...EIGHTY!!!And the man is on twitter and Google+...

    i would not have believed it unless i google'd it my self :p 
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    thillntn , July 20, 2011 3:07 PM
    But she's in the pool!!!!!
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    hellwig , July 20, 2011 3:38 PM
    Can't wait till residents of Fort Gay, FL are kicked-off Google+. I think Tom Anderson (MySpace founder) had a good comment about how what makes Google work is the automation (everything determined by algorithms), yet, there's nothing Social about a computer controlling a Social Network, so he's interested to see if Google can actually implement something human, and not just computer controlled.

    Tying it back in, did some human being actually shut-down Shatner's account, or was it some computer that saw too many red-flags, and auto-banned him from the site? If we aren't William Shatner, how likely are we to get our account back when it was banned just because our stupid parents named us ESPN (espen) or Shithead (shi-thade)? What 14-year-old has valid ID that will pass Google's muster? I didn't have a passport until a year ago, and most kids can't drive till 15 or 16.
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    robochump , July 20, 2011 3:40 PM
    Dont mess with the Shatner!!!
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    mik101 , July 20, 2011 3:54 PM
    @hellwig. If you want an ID card and are willing to pay a few dollars for one. Most DMVs can help you out and get you a government ID card. Besides that have you ever heard of a birth certificate? Plus, in agricultural provinces (alteast in Canada) you can get your farmers/tractor license at 14 (which turns into a learners drivers license at 16). I'm sure farming states in the USA aren't that different.
    So yeah, if you really want/need something to prove your identity -- it's not that difficult to source.
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    need4speeds , July 20, 2011 4:06 PM
    Think about it for a moment, when the first season of star trek was filmed. All of this technology, was only a dream back then. The biggest thing at the time, expensive like a iphone or handheld gaming unit, used leading edge technology at the time was a battery powered transistor radio.
    Most would boast how many it had in it and print it on the radio something like "9 transistor radio". Stereo was also new and expensive. And color tv's were as expensive as today's 65" lcd tv's (in today's dollars).
    Except for the transporter (actually research is being done on that and they claim to have transported a few single atoms (proving Steven Hawking's theory ), warp drive(the physics and concept has been laid out by Steven Hawking),Time travel (Steven Hawking says it's possible actually),alternate universes or worlds (Steven Hawking again), basically every device that was dreamed of and used in star trek is now for sale and you can buy one in a store somewhere or the military has one. Even when Steven Hawking tries to explain his theory's in simple terms, I still don't get it.

    -handheld medical scanners (handheld mri's)
    -handheld communication device (cell phones)
    -handheld computers (smart phones and laptops)
    -tiny speakers/mic (blue tooth headsets)
    -flat screens (lcd's)
    -talking computers (voice recognition and text to speech)
    -computer a.i. (almost there)
    -computer knowledge bank (modern search engines and the internet)
    -phazers (high powered lazers)
    -guided heat seeking missiles (cruise missiles)
    -gps
    -3d medical imaging (cat scans and mri's)
    -implants to restore sight and sound,limbs and mobility (still primitive today but progress is being made)
    -spacestation
    -drone airplanes
    -hubble telescope
    -computers with color 3d graphics (i think that one has been covered, lol.)
    -plasma drive (controlled nuclear fission) (still working on that, the holy grail of energy)
    -Captain's log stardate 070023 (send a email or tweet to the crew that i will be out on a away mission for a while)

    The list goes on and on. No tv show or movie predicted more things that came true than this series, ever.

    Without William Shatner and the star trek cast and crew dreaming up these things to later to be made, maybe google and google+ would not even exist today.
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    K-zon , July 20, 2011 4:15 PM
    Given the fact that the best part of social networking would be the human parts of it, but to say that a social site running off algorithms isnt much a socail site to be at, then you should speak up and see what it can compute for what you have to say, cause if anything, you are just as much part of the site them as the algorithm when you input something. Probably only then though to say. Given theres others there to talk too, other then computers to say.

    Or something along these lines, hopefully.

    But a good point though.
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    K-zon , July 20, 2011 4:18 PM
    then*
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    hellwig , July 20, 2011 4:21 PM
    mik101@hellwig. If you want an ID card and are willing to pay a few dollars for one. Most DMVs can help you out and get you a government ID card. Besides that have you ever heard of a birth certificate? Plus, in agricultural provinces (alteast in Canada) you can get your farmers/tractor license at 14 (which turns into a learners drivers license at 16). I'm sure farming states in the USA aren't that different.So yeah, if you really want/need something to prove your identity -- it's not that difficult to source.

    I agree you CAN get photo ID, my point was, how many 14-year olds actually have one? And yes, farming states allow driving at 14, but many coastal-states (where most of our population resides) do not.

    As for a birth certificate, Google isn't a government institution, but I've never been allowed to use a birth certificate as ID. Proof of citizenship, yes, but never as ID.
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    GNCD , July 20, 2011 4:44 PM
    robochumpDont mess with the Shatner!!!


    That would be The Shat...
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    need4speeds , July 20, 2011 4:50 PM
    The use of algorithms by computers to filter things was thought up on the show too. Long before computers could do that sort of thing. But yes even on the show the computer required interaction to work.

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    GNCD , July 20, 2011 5:08 PM
    jacobdrjA few weeks ago, while surfing Wikipedia randomly I came upon a piece of information that stunned me. I had an epiphany:William Shatner was 50 years old when he was filming Star Trek 2 in 1981...That means: WILLIAM SHATNER IS EIGHTY YEARS OLD... EIGHTY... 80I NEVER would have guessed he was anything more than 65! Dang, he aged well...EIGHTY!!!And the man is on twitter and Google+...


    Googled for it too. Damn...80 friggins years old. He looks 60 or 70 at most. He looked 30ish when he was in Star Trek. How the hell...?
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    f-14 , July 20, 2011 5:32 PM
    need4speedsThink about it for a moment, when the first season of star trek was filmed. All of this technology, was only a dream back then. The biggest thing at the time, expensive like a iphone or handheld gaming unit, used leading edge technology at the time was a battery powered transistor radio. Most would boast how many it had in it and print it on the radio something like "9 transistor radio". Stereo was also new and expensive. And color tv's were as expensive as today's 65" lcd tv's (in today's dollars). Except for the transporter (actually research is being done on that and they claim to have transported a few single atoms (proving Steven Hawking's theory ), warp drive(the physics and concept has been laid out by Steven Hawking),Time travel (Steven Hawking says it's possible actually),alternate universes or worlds (Steven Hawking again), basically every device that was dreamed of and used in star trek is now for sale and you can buy one in a store somewhere or the military has one. Even when Steven Hawking tries to explain his theory's in simple terms, I still don't get it. -handheld medical scanners (handheld mri's)-handheld communication device (cell phones)-handheld computers (smart phones and laptops)-tiny speakers/mic (blue tooth headsets)-flat screens (lcd's)-talking computers (voice recognition and text to speech)-computer a.i. (almost there)-computer knowledge bank (modern search engines and the internet)-phazers (high powered lazers)-guided heat seeking missiles (cruise missiles)-gps -3d medical imaging (cat scans and mri's)-implants to restore sight and sound,limbs and mobility (still primitive today but progress is being made)-spacestation-drone airplanes-hubble telescope-computers with color 3d graphics (i think that one has been covered, lol.)-plasma drive (controlled nuclear fission) (still working on that, the holy grail of energy)-Captain's log stardate 070023 (send a email or tweet to the crew that i will be out on a away mission for a while) The list goes on and on. No tv show or movie predicted more things that came true than this series, ever. Without William Shatner and the star trek cast and crew dreaming up these things to later to be made, maybe google and google+ would not even exist today.

    cool, so can i buy a phazer at radio shack?
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    alidan , July 20, 2011 6:59 PM
    need4speedsThink about it for a moment, when the first season of star trek was filmed. All of this technology, was only a dream back then. The biggest thing at the time, expensive like a iphone or handheld gaming unit, used leading edge technology at the time was a battery powered transistor radio. Most would boast how many it had in it and print it on the radio something like "9 transistor radio". Stereo was also new and expensive. And color tv's were as expensive as today's 65" lcd tv's (in today's dollars). Except for the transporter (actually research is being done on that and they claim to have transported a few single atoms (proving Steven Hawking's theory ), warp drive(the physics and concept has been laid out by Steven Hawking),Time travel (Steven Hawking says it's possible actually),alternate universes or worlds (Steven Hawking again), basically every device that was dreamed of and used in star trek is now for sale and you can buy one in a store somewhere or the military has one. Even when Steven Hawking tries to explain his theory's in simple terms, I still don't get it. -handheld medical scanners (handheld mri's)-handheld communication device (cell phones)-handheld computers (smart phones and laptops)-tiny speakers/mic (blue tooth headsets)-flat screens (lcd's)-talking computers (voice recognition and text to speech)-computer a.i. (almost there)-computer knowledge bank (modern search engines and the internet)-phazers (high powered lazers)-guided heat seeking missiles (cruise missiles)-gps -3d medical imaging (cat scans and mri's)-implants to restore sight and sound,limbs and mobility (still primitive today but progress is being made)-spacestation-drone airplanes-hubble telescope-computers with color 3d graphics (i think that one has been covered, lol.)-plasma drive (controlled nuclear fission) (still working on that, the holy grail of energy)-Captain's log stardate 070023 (send a email or tweet to the crew that i will be out on a away mission for a while) The list goes on and on. No tv show or movie predicted more things that came true than this series, ever. Without William Shatner and the star trek cast and crew dreaming up these things to later to be made, maybe google and google+ would not even exist today.


    i actually understand most of the concepts that he talks about. but time travel is a can of worms you never really want to open. because there are a few ways it can play out.

    the first would be you cant change anything, as in you get a gun, and try to kill your parents before they have you, if the gun cant or wont fire, than you have the answer. at this point, everything in the world is prediturmend, that would be the most depressing thing ever. than there is also the though that if time travel does exist, it may not be our universe you travel to, but one that is the complete same as ours, only you presences is there again at a different time.

    but more to the topic, crediting startrek with anything like that is complete bs. as those ideas would be there whether it existed or not, however the show probably inspired some people to go into those fields of research.
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