William Shatner Not Happy With Zuckerberg App

    July 28, 2014
    Kimberly Ripley
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William Shatner is clearly not happy with Mark Zuckerberg’s new app–the one that is available to celebrities only. Called ‘Mentions,’ the app is available to celebs and notable people so they can keep track of how often their names are mentioned on Facebook.

Shatner dissed ‘Mentions’ via his Tumblr account, sharing his dislike (no, they still don’t have a button for that) of the fact that in order to utilize ‘Mentions,’ celebs must ‘like’ others.”

“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?”

“Rolling my eyes,” Shatner wrote about the rather awkward suggestion that he follow George Takei. The two actors have a bizarre feud going on.

Incidentally there was no mention by the Star Trek star as to whether or not Robert Downey, Jr. chose to follow him back. Hmmm….doesn’t seem likely.

William Shatner summed up his feelings about Mark Zuckerberg’s new ‘Mentions’ app as follows:

“I’m not quite sure why Facebook released this app for “celebrities”. It seems to be ill conceived,” he wrote. “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.”

Per William Shatner’s assessment of Mark Zuckerberg’s new app, do you think it will live to see lots of celebrity action? Is Captain Kirk being harsh or is it really a rather silly notion?

Do you think lots of people will take Facebook app advice from William Shatner?

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  • ChifferBrane

    Maybe it only works for real celebrities….

    • Pig1

      Apparently not, if William Shatner didn’t like it.

  • Lynn Point

    It would be difficult for me to come up with the words that express how uninterested I am in who William Shatner follows on Facebook, who follows him, who Robert Downey Jr follows and what George Takei thinks. I have my own Facebook account that I rarely log onto as it is.

  • Buc

    shatner in the news..that is what he wanted…

  • mwallek

    Facebook is inane.

  • Johnny Canucklehead

    I’m more impressed an 83 y/o man can not only operate tech but talk tech. I mean, can you get fonts big enough to actually see what’s on this app (and I’m old and need the 120%+ fonts).