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Oh Myyy! (Oh Myyy! #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  2,721 ratings  ·  449 reviews
How did a 75-year old actor from Star Trek become a social media juggernaut? Why does everything he posts spread like wildfire across the ether, with tens or even hundreds of thousands of likes and shares? And what can other sites, celebrities and companies do to attain his stratospheric engagement levels, which hover or top 100 percent while theirs languish in the single ...more
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Published November 22nd 2012 by Oh Myyy
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Eli
This is a great book! I purchased an early copy and read through it in one sitting. As someone who uses Facebook both personally and for marketing, I devoured the tips and tricks - even though that's not how the book is designed. George Takei is amusing as always. I laughed out loud several times, which is rare when reading.

The writing is clear and each chapter is just the right length. George covers his personal experiences with the internet, focusing mainly on Facebook since that is where he
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Alex Hurst
I don't read many humor books, but as George Takei writes, he's sort of the 'naughty gay uncle we all wish we had'. I was more than a little excited to pick up this book, as I'm an avid follower on his Facebook fan page and was expecting more of his brand of humor.

Unfortunately, it didn't much live up to that expectation. Probably because I follow his Facebook page regularly, there wasn't much new material to be had. It was amusing, but they were all jokes I'd seen or heard before (sans his Alle
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Lady Jane
A total waste of ten bucks, but hey-- sometimes wasted money is the price we have to pay in order to find out more about a tempting title. It beats having spent the rest of my life wondering "What if?" From the title, I was expecting more cultural and philosophical analyses about Internet and social media culture, and less narcissistic self-promotions. There are entire chapters wasted on anecdotes about his life. Anecdotes are fine here and there when relevant to a topic of analysis, but this du ...more
Kelly Elkins
Read the advanced prepaid copy and George Takei is my new hero. I've always loved Star Trek but don't classify myself as a "Trekkie." I'm a "Boomer" who is fairly new to Facebook (less than a year) and was very interested to see if his book would contain some tidbits that would help educate me about this social media tool that he not just excels at using - he rocks the show!

This book is a journey through his success first on Twitter and then Facebook. It speaks about his failures, lessons learne
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Estara
Well, if you have a 6inch e-reader the meme graphics embedded don't work that well, and I bet in colour it makes more sense to read this on an iPad.

I enjoyed Takei explaining about his experimentation with Facebook and Twitter and the effect of his calls-for-help after the Tsunami in Japan there, but I really disliked a lot of his mansplaining certain ways he used his internet influence to make fun of people or the way he waffled between explaining why he can't be held to a standard of checking
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Scott Fabel
When I can read a book in one sitting, it's clear that I'm enjoying the book. I loved George Takei's book, and I feel that it rightly deserves five stars. It's one part humor, one part business, and one part fan-boy! I have long been a George Takei fan, and this book solidifies that belief.

Certainly, there is a lot of humor in this book. I love how George offers a fresh spin on social media on the Internet. He talks about some of his favorite social media "trends," like grammar Nazis, cats, and
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Lee
I am a big fan of GT's Facebook page and look forward to his posts. And as a fan, I hate to say it, but...don't bother. There's some useful information about how he learned to "work" his Facebook page for maximum benefit to his fans (by the timing and spacing of posts) but given how quickly FB updates its inner workings, I am not so sure how well this information will help someone in even a few months from now.

Also, $10 is really expensive for an e-book, especially for one as slight as this one
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Marvin
It was 1988. My date and I went to see a popular Japanese film, A Taxing Woman's Return, at the Royal Theater in Westwood. It was a weeknight and the theater was almost empty. Then a group of people came in and sat about four rows in front of us. My date grabbed my arm and said, "Isn't that the guy that plays Sulu in Star Trek?" Yes, it was. But I was not looking at him. I was staring at a woman who was with his party. She was, simply put, the most beautiful woman I have ever seen and ever hope ...more
Dave Lefevre
Just a quick and not-so-serious look at yet another person that has gotten a second-act thorough Internet stardom (though, to be fair, it's not really like his first act ended). George has gotten a following just being himself on Twitter and Facebook. He might be 75 years old, but he's still a kid at heart in a lot of ways. He's also serious about his causes and has used his platform for good. It's not too deep and good for a few laughs and a few thoughts about what like on the Internet is now l ...more
Bunny


It's interesting. If anyone else had done this, it would be insufferable. This book pretty much amounts to bragging. Bragging about your internet status, in fact.

If any of the attention whoring celebrities of the internet (we all know at least one, I need not name names) had written a book about their followers, their posts, their connections, their numbers, there would be an absolute uproar.

Who the hell do you think you are to ask people to pay you to brag about your popularity?

But this is Ge
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Ian Baaske
Ohhh myyyyy!

I bought this book on accident—meaning to add it to my “wishlist” on Amazon, and clicking the wrong thing. But I was headed on vacation and figured, “Oh what the heck.”

George Takei is an interesting guy and funny, but this book isn't about his life. It’s about his Facebook page. Seems like a slim topic to fill a whole book, but he more or less does it (and it’s not all that long). I got tired of it around a third of the way through, because there’s no arc to the book. But once I sta
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Jim
George Takei has gone well beyond Mr. Sulu in this entertaining take on the Internet, particularly social media such as Twitter and Facebook. I had expected something else, but what I expected was something far more hackneyed and less sophisticated than what I got. My compliments to Oh Myyy!: There Goes the Internet for showing that it is indeed possible to develop well beyond stereotypes that people had of you half a century ago. Takei is not only a shrewd individual, but over all a benign forc ...more
Abeer Hoque
I heart George Takei, of Sulu fame from Star Trek. Now in his 70s, he's remade himself into an internet sensation, becoming one of the prime propellants of memes and using his immense popularity for various activist causes dear to his heart, including awareness of Japanese internment in the US during WWII (he and his family were in a camp), and of course gay rights - and he does it all with consummate comic skill. Who knew Sulu was so subversive and funny and sweet?

Mr. Takei (who lives with his
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Claudia
Entertaining, engaging book about the vicissitudes of Facebook written by a social activist with a delightful sense of humor.

A "must" for face bookers.

Highly entertaining, easy and fast read that will have you Lol'ing a lot.

Kudos to George Takei who we first met as Lt. Sulu, helmsman of the Enterprise on the original Star Trek. We next met him as he worked on the board of LA's bus system (RTD). He then wrote a heartbreaking book (To the Stars) in which he divulged that his family and himself
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Tatiana
I recommend this book to anyone who uses facebook, and most definitely to anyone who uses an FB Page for marketing/publicity. It felt pretty meta to read a book all about the internet. This book delves into the where's and why's of many things I never thought about before, and other things I've been ruminating on for some time: Why did Takei come out when he did? When did he go from an ordinary con celebrity into a social media overlord? How do you manage a happy, healthy online community when f ...more
Trike
This book mostly details George Takei's forays into the Internet, primarily on Facebook. It's interesting to see this experience from the perspective of a 75-year-old newbie who happens to be a world-famous celebrity. Takei is not one of these types who is befuddled by technology, so there's none of the "where's the Any key?" drivel.

Appropriately, as I'm writing this I'm listening to Pandora, which has just started playing the soundtrack from Wrath of Khan. Even without checking I know it's from
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Natalie
This book definitely started out as entertaining- George discussing how he got into Facebook in the first place, and sharing his thoughts and ideas. I also enjoyed the memes and pictures he shared- until the book turned into a behind-the-scenes, this-is-how-Facebook-works walkthrough. I have to be honest, I skipped most of these sections, as I have no interest in how the EdgeRank system works, or how to get most everyone to see my posts. I must confess, I am a Trekkie, and that is why I was foll ...more
Joanne Moyer
Oh Myyy I can't tell you how much I enjoyed this book. Who would have thought that 40+ years after Star Trek, Mr Sulu, with much wit and wisdom, would become the King of the Internet. He covers a number of topics in this book about our fascination and obsession with social media, my favorites probably being bacon and not surprisingly, cats. A totally entertaining read and highly recommended”
E. Ozols
Meh. I'm a big fan of George Takei's social media presence, but this book was unfortunately just a waste of space. I didn't have particularly high expectations, but figured it would be a lighthearted romp through the internet, probably just listing some of the most interesting or hilarious moments of Takei's online exploits from his viewpoint. I guess that's pretty much what this was, but it overall seemed disjointed and unfocused, unfunny, and blandly written. It's not super terrible or anythin ...more
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
This was interesting but it may not be what readers expect it to be. There is a bit of George's humor, but mostly this book tries to explain why a man in his 70s got so popular on twitter and especially facebook with 20-30 year old's. He explains how he figured out what worked (and what didn't) to get his popularity, likes, etc up on facebook to get him to be the online phenomenon that he is.
Beau Johnston
As a fan of the original Star Trek television series and movies, I was intrigued when I saw this title. George has a life outside of Star Trek (as should everyone else), and I was grateful for the opportunity to to get to know him a little better. George's honesty and cheeky humor fill each chapter as he walked us through what he'd been up to over the last few years; as well as the ups and downs of the internet and using social media.

You don't need to be a Trekkie to enjoy reading Oh Myyy!, but
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Rebecca
George Takei is a very funny man.

Clearly some publisher agreed, and said, "Hey George! Want to write about book? We'll give you money!"

George said, "I like money. What should the book be about?"

The publisher said, "I don't know. Stuff? You write stuff on the internet. Why don't you write about writing stuff on the internet."

There's not a lot of...here, here. George Takei rambles about Facebook. Also, Twitter. That's mostly it, really. He includes a couple memes. It's moderately amusing, but at
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Barth Siemens
Now, this book will not be on my radar for the all-time-favourite read; it won't even make my all-year-favourite list. My response to the special chapter for purchasers of the pre-release PDF was, "Meh! I probably would've been just as well served to wait for the ePub version."

I put the book down for a few days until I was ready to approach it with a different perspective. I am a fan of George Takei's current, social media work. I look forward to browsing his Facebook activity every day. He wri
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Larry
A Social Media User's Guide (with bonus autobiographical bits)

I’ve never been a big Star Trek fan. Star Wars was always my sci-fi preference, so I never knew too much about who George Takei was until recently, since it’s hard to visit any online media without stumbling across someone sharing one of the funny graphics or gently profound quotes. There’s no denying that George Takei is an omnipresent internet force.

That’s a fact he himself admits is surprising in this book, since the internet often
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Trish
I must confess that I haven't seen any of the Star Trek episodes with George Takei. When I watched Star Trek on television, it was Captain Jean-Luc Picard's turn already. All I know about those early story parts come from the movies later (I'm talking about those still with the original cast). Nevertheless, I got curious about the internet phenomenon "uncle George" and therefore went to take a look at his Facebook page some time ago. I immediately liked it, him and his sense of humour so when am ...more
Skylar Burris
This book is essentially an autobiography of George Takei's life since the Internet. As such, it has quite a bit to say on issues relating to homosexuality, which is not of much interest to me, but it was in general an entertaining book, with some amusing moments and the occasional insight. Admittedly, most of my smiles came from the Internet memes he included in the book, which I could find more easily by scrolling his Facebook page. The first half of the book assumes a little too much ignoranc ...more
Kevin Townsend
I read this book because it was free (to check out) with Amazon prime. In some ways its very similar to Wil Wheaton's book Just a Geek (which I got from humble bundle, man I am a cheapskate). George explains how he was able to get huge following on Twitter and Facebook by well liking and sharing memes.

In some ways it seems vain to want to get lots of followers on social media sites, but on the other side there's a point to it. In George's case it's to bring a laugh to his followers. He also ment
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Tessa
Two kinds of people should read this book. 1 - Anyone who finds George Takei amusing (which should be everyone because, let's face it, he is hilarious); and 2 - anyone who would like to grow their Facebook Page presence with their fans. Of course that's from a person who doesn't have a Facebook fan Page, but I think he sounds like he knows what he's talking about. I also found myself smiling pretty much the whole time, with a lot of giggles thrown in there. Good, quick read. Definitely recommend ...more
Leah K
Oh Myyy!: There Goes the Internet by George Takei
244 pages

★★★

Depending what generation you ask, George Takei is best known for either playing Sulu on the original Star Trek OR he is best known for that guy who’s always posting funny things on Facebook. In the last couple year, Takei hit a new wind of famous by simply posting memes on Facebook, accumulating well over 6 million fans at this point, many who I am afraid aren’t even aware of his previous stint on Star Trek (the Star Trek nerd in me c
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Ella Sf
I hate to say it: there isn't very much substance to this. There was a lot of discussion about Facebook's workings, but I wasn't looking for a guide on how to get more page views. That said, there were a few laughs in the book, including some of George Takei's funniest Twitter exchanges and reassurances about which fabrics he will not wear. Overall, it still reads like a quick and dirty overview of his online presence during the last few years, churned out too quickly in book form.
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George Hosato Takei is an American actor best known for his role in the TV series Star Trek, in which he played the helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the USS Enterprise, as well as his dreamy voice and upbeat country singing. Most recently, he played Hiro Nakamura's father Kaito Nakamura on the NBC television show Heroes.

Takei is also known for his baritone voice and catch phrase, "Oh my!" Consequently, Tak
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