William Shatner Craps On Zuckerberg’s New App

    July 27, 2014
    Mike Tuttle
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William Shatner took to his Tumblr account recently to write up a review of Facebook’s new app, Mentions. The Mentions app is not available to everyone, but is intended for celebrities and public figures who would get “mentioned” on Facebook. The idea is that it allows said celebs to interact better with fans and to keep track of their “publicity stock”, so to speak.

Shatner said he has three Facebook apps: Facebook, Pages, and now Mentions. Having all three, he felt he was in a good position to give the rest of us who can not access Mentions an idea of how well it works.

The first thing that rankled Kirk was the requirement that the celeb using the app “follow” another celebrity. True to Facebook form, the app offers suggestions. Apparently there is no algorithm to take into account decades-old rivalries and beefs.

“When you install the Mentions App you cannot proceed further until you follow another one of their other ‘celebrity’ accounts,” Shatner explained. “The first person on the list I was given was George Takei (rolling my eyes.) I ended up choosing Robert Downey Jr. to follow and then I hid his posts (sorry Robert!) I think that is a big flaw in the set up. If this app is for celebrities then WHY force them to follow another celebrity in order to set up this app? I think that is a flaw; I’m already following those who I want to follow – why insist I follow that short list of others?”

Shatner then proceeds to do a thorough breakdown of the of the app’s features, complete with screenshots. And, in the end, he offers his takeaway judgement on the app.

“I’m not quite sure why Facebook released this app for “celebrities”. It seems to be ill conceived,” Shatner said. “I will probably use it to post to my Facebook when I’m on my phone but it doesn’t allow for mail or groups. I will continue to use my regular Facebook App as well as the Pages app.”

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  • Quinn_Eskimo

    Imagine, Shatner criticizing someone ELSE!!!

  • Johnross1968


    • emncaity

      that was good. really good.

  • emncaity

    Geez. As nutty as he can be sometimes, I hope I’m this cogent about current electronic devices, apps, etc., when I’m 83. Or that I even get to 83 in the first place.

  • Ima Turdherder

    “I’m not quite sure why Facebook released this app for “celebrities”….Answer (possibly): Facebook gets to follow these celebrities exclusively….then they sell the “private” information exchanges to TMZ. Unlike the bellhops and valets out there who tip off TMZ, Facebook gets to do it while sittin’ in front of their computer.


    First, Shatner is a pompous ass. Second, he needs to grow up. Can’t STAND the man….

  • Excelerater

    FB has gone to shit,im with Kirk here

  • jillrudisill

    I don’t understand why celebrities need a special app to begin with. The celebrities either want to interact with us not celebrities or they don’t. Giving them a special place to go on is ridiculous that just makes them feel even more special that they aren’t. To me this sends every celeb the wrong message about their standards compared to the common people even though the common people are the reason they are where they are at to day. Almost sounds like a VIP app for celebrities. In my opinion and even though I am not a ” celebrity “‘ it is a stupid device and sends the wrong message to a lot of them that think they are better then most.