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William Shatner's Google+ account was suspended on Monday and later restored for reasons Google won't divulge. “My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards,” the actor who played Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek wrote to his almost 647,000 Twitter followers. “Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules …


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  1. Doc Dish

    Real name

    So no one else on the planet can have the name "William Shatner"?

  2. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Google and real names

    Hellbent on having you burn your given name before they'll launch a "google renaming" service, eh? Ad-supported get-out-of-id-theft-fall-out card, courtesy Schmidt.

  3. frank ly Silver badge

    I hope I'm the first to say.....

    ...To boldly google+ where no man has google+d before.

    (Yes, I see where that went wrong. I'm going)

  4. Anonymous Coward

    Blame it on the Klingons

    They were always causing trouble in Shatner's day.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      It is copyrighted, trade marked and, knowing the American patent system, probably patented.

    2. doperative

      re: Real name

      @Doc Dish: So no one else on the planet can have the name "William Shatner"?

      There's at least eight others, but how many of them have saved the universe, died and come back to life, not even JC has achieved that one yet. What would be interesting to see is a convention of William Shatner impressionists ..

  5. Getter lvl70 Druid Silver badge

    The Burning Question is:

    Who invited him in the first place?


  6. Winkypop Silver badge

    Using your real name?

    On the Internet?

    Wow, imagine that.

  7. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Shatner's Bassoon

    "restored several hours later"...

    Must have seemed like months of hell.

  8. Tzael

    Awkward collective noun

    Anyone else thinking "plusers" sounds like losers? No? Just me?

    1. Brewster's Angle Grinder Silver badge

      You say "plussers", I say "plusers".

      Yeah, and I propose we adopt the "pluser" pronunciation regardless of the spelling.

      1. Tannah


        I'm nonplussed.

    2. John I'm only dancing

      Chris Morris,

      What a hero

  9. Anonymous Coward

    Maybe He Should

    Have Talked That Particular Way He Does With Plenty of Air between Words?

    1. Anonymous Coward
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      Why You Were Downvoted

      Want to know why? You Capitalised Almost Every Word. Why would you do that? Why? In fact, I don't care, just stop it.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        That Is How Shatner Acts.

      2. Graham Marsden

        My God! Anonymous Coward...

        ... Haven't You *Heard* Shatner's Acting *Style*!

  10. b166er

    I've always said it...

    Don't mess with 'The Shat'



  11. John I'm only dancing

    Google +

    "It's life Jim, but not as we know it"

  12. Symon Silver badge

    I know who did it.


  13. Michael H.F. Wilkinson Silver badge

    He said hello on the wrong hailing frequency


  14. Peter Clarke 1

    Star Wars Fan

    Maybe a Jedi told the moderator that this is not the Shatner you are looking for?

    Alternatively they took offence at the s#*t his dad said?

    1. Anonymous Coward

      I'm assuming the down voter is ignorant of Bill's latest TV series.

      The TV show is called: "$#!@ my dad says"

      It is very funny and has been shown in the UK of on 5*.

      PS: I still miss Boston Legal, when I grow up I want to be just like Denny Crane, minus the mad cow.

      PPS: 5* = a channel available on freeview.

  15. Lockwood

    In a feat of tabloid journalism logic...

    I can infer from the article that Google suspected Shatner of being an Anon.

  16. TRT Silver badge

    I always reckoned...

    Google weren't up to providing an Enterprise-level service.

  17. Anonymous Coward

    That'll teach him to try uploading his music videos.

    Unprepared exposure can easily destroy the will to live.

    1. Bilgepipe
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      That joke....


    2. Anonymous Coward
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      Post of the Year

      Post of the Year award, sir!

    3. CD001


      And the "Comment of the year" award goes to ... :)

  18. Anonymous Coward

    Perhaps Google...

    ...had set their phasars to 'suck'?

  19. S Watts

    100 items/user/day

    "more than 10 million users ... sharing more than 1 billion “items” each day"

    Really? 100 items per user per day?

    That seems a high rate - unless items are *very* small (ie each character is an item) or the system is very verbose.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Either that

      Or teenage girls are very verbose.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      100 items per user per day

      probably includes bulk import of emails / photos / tags / etc as individual "items".

    3. Purple People Eater

      100 items shared and received

      So if you shared 1 item with 100 people it would count at 100 (well 101) items. It's the metric Larry Page was using.

      I'm not sure why google chose this - the way facebook spams stuff out it would win on this metric hands-down.

  20. The BigYin

    Real name?

    No feckin' way, tossers. I am not directly linking my cyber-self to my meat-self.

    If G+ enforce this, then I won't be using G+, just like I don't use FB.

    Anonymity and privacy are precious, I won't be giving mine away if I can possibly avoid it.

    1. Anonymous Coward


      I think you miss entirely the point of social networking. Maybe you should just give it a miss afterall.

      1. The BigYin


        Wrong, I get it. I just don't see why *my* social network should be the business of some company.

        I think it's you who does not get the point. The "share with your buddies" is just a ruse to get more information on you to sell for advertising. That's it.

        Also, because of my views, if my G+ account got connected to my meat-self I could well be fired. So the social network now becomes a forum for employers to impose a certain world-view on their employees.

        So again, my real name? Never.

        1. Purple People Eater

          Err, why?

          On google+ people can only see what you share with them unless you send it to public (unless you add your boss to one of the circles that you send the naughty stuff to - in which case stupid is it's own reward!).

          It's one of the things I really like about google+ - it's highly unlikely that there will be something embarrassing sitting in my publicly viewable posting history (unlike facebook).

  21. xeroks

    In the past tense

    Or perhaps he had the same problems as the people of Scunthorpe had when the internet was invented?

    In the past tense, of course.

  22. Anonymous Coward


    It's just a shame he can't "sing" on Google+

  23. Anonymous Coward


    Everybody knows that Picard > Kirk.

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