Star Trek actor and noted Sarah Palin gibberish-into-Beat-poetry alchemist William Shatner has had a rough early voyage aboard the Starship Google+.
But now all things appear steady as she goes.
Shatner tweeted on Monday that his Google+ account has been shut down, reports TechCrunch's Robin Wauters. The tweet, from Stardate 07182011:
"My Google+ account was flagged for violating standards. Saying hello to everyone apparently is against the rules maybe I should say goodbye?"
Hello Goodbye? I smell another classic interpretation of a Beatles hit, similar to Shatner's timeless rendition of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.
Fortunately, order was quickly restored to the galaxy. Shatner's page on Google's new social networking service is back up and moving at warp speed.
But what happened? The actor himself has no clue, leaving this humorous message on his page:
I am back plusers! I still do not know what happened but I will refrain from saying hello again for a while just in case. My best, Bill
Plusers? Is that what we're calling people on Google+, or is that merely Shatner's invention? If so, it's brilliant.
Glitches are not uncommon with new Internet services, so it could be something as simple as that. Indeed, one commenter to the TechCrunch article, Donnacha Mac Gloinn, owner of WordSkill.com, wrote:
I have the same problem, my profile was flagged as "violating community standards" from the moment I signed up to Google+, possibly because my name, which was carried over from my old Google profile and which was never a problem before, contains a non-standard character.
Or maybe Mac Gloinn is actually a Klingon. Has anybody thought of that?