MyOuterSpace.com is a Sci Fi Social Network for those with a passion for the arts," reads William Shatner's new social network. That's right, William Shatner is now competing with Facebook.
The MyOuterSpace.com site targets science fiction, horror and fantasy fans seeking a career in the science fiction industry. It launched Friday with a mission statement by Shatner himself, which to the outsider is equal parts description and confusion: "Register on the planet that hosts your talent, fill out a profile and connect with others in your field. Submit your resume for a Starship project that needs your talents. Whether you are an actor, writer, animator or gamer MyOuterSpace.com has a home for you."
Planets and starships? Here's the scoop: The network is divided into 12 categories. Those designated as Planets represent the entertainment arts: There's one for designers and animators called Anteros, for example, and another for writers and directors called Creatia.
The six Starships are virtual production companies, each with a project being made into a film, stage or animated production, explains Shatner on the site. And MyOuterSpace.com implies that these six main projects will ultimately be curated by Shatner himself.
"I will be monitoring all Starship projects, and reviewing each Captain's Log, where progress will be recorded each step of the way," Shatner explains on the home page.
Shatner mentioned the site first on his Twitter feed Thursday, when the actor explained "you are now the FIRST to hear of the new social network for aspiring filmmakers, design and game artists: MYOUTERSPACE.com! My best, Bill."
Even if you're not interested in science fiction or looking for a career in the creative arts, take a minute to watch the video explanation that Shatner has posted. As the actor hovers in outerspace in a red Chevrolet space ship, he hams it up for the audience as only he can. Priceless.
Jeremy A. Kaplan is Science and Technology editor at FoxNews.com, where he heads up coverage of gadgets, the online world, space travel, nature, the environment, and more. Prior to joining Fox, he was executive editor of PC Magazine, co-host of the Fastest Geek competition, and a founding editor of GoodCleanTech.