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3.71  ·  Rating details ·  4,367 ratings  ·  554 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
Nov 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Ariel Hudnall
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Shawn Mooney (Shawn The Book Maniac)
Don't get me wrong: I respect George Takei, especially his gay and anti-racist activism, and he has often cracked me up over the years with his tweets and what-not. But the world didn't need this book—or at least I sure didn't. It is little more than a string of ponderous elaborations on what prompted each famous tweet, and what the reaction was thereto. Brevity is the soul of wit, indeed. ...more
Lady Jane
Mar 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
Cyndi
Dec 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr Takei can certainly give the reader, the watcher and yes, the follower, the feeling that you are right there with him. Well presented, and very well told with the humor that only George can produce.
Marvin
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humor, non-fiction
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
Kelly Elkins
Nov 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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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Scott Fabel
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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Bunny
Jul 09, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-14


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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Lee
Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-read
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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Estara
May 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, read-in-2013
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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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
Elyse
George Takei is hilarious. And I love to see that he is 100% involved in his social media accounts. It's not a assistant or an imposter, it's really George Takei! His interns may pick ages to share, but text posts are solely Mr. Takei. This book was pretty funny. I definitely enjoyed the random memes and Facebook posts scattered throughout. The whole Facebook Promoted Pages chapter was a bit much but I can see why he felt the need to explain himself. ...more
Mauoijenn
This was a hysterical book. I have said before that George Takei is the God of the internet. He posts something and it covers the world wide web like a California wild fire. Need a good laugh. Check this little book out!
Tatiana
Aug 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Trish
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Claudia
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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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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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Kim
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 3-star
A funny man, George Takei - ironic, witty, appreciates the ridiculous, and doesn't appear to take himself too seriously. I like that. I don't follow Twitter or Facebook, so I hadn't seen any of his internet material before. Most interesting to me was seeing someone of his generation (he's over 70) engage today's social media and use it successfully to communicate some of the issues that are important to him... always respectfully and always with humor. ...more
Joy
My cousin sent this book to me because I collect Star Trek biographies and she found it at a library sale. This isn't a complete biography of Takei, but more of a memoir about his rise on social media. I admit that I did follow him for awhile but as his feed became overly political (and I don't agree with all of his politics), I ended up unfollowing him. Although friends of mine do share his stuff occasionally and I do find much of it amusing. [For the record, I don't have any animosity toward t ...more
Leah K
Mar 03, 2014 rated it liked it
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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Adam Oster
As this book was purchased for me for Christmas, I went into reading it with absolutely no expectations, outside of knowing of Takei's career as a starship helmsman and his current revival as Facebook meme sharer.
That being said, I still found myself rather disappointed.
And I'm not entirely certain why. I mean, this book gives readers precisely what they should be expecting, considering it's related to Takei's current social media super-star status. It's a memoir, of sorts, describing his resur
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Trike
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it
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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Fintan
May 24, 2013 rated it liked it
A little biographical, and a little informative, its a pleasure to spend a couple of hours in the company of George Takei.

Having lived in China for some years, I've been blocked from a lot of social media. That meant I was largely unaware of Takei's renaissance as a web icon and unifier of the geekosphere. Apparently he discovered the Internet in his 70s and quickly found that his sharing of quirky memes and humorous videos (making full use of his lovably absurd baritone voice) was winning him m
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Abeer Hoque
Jan 07, 2014 rated it it was ok
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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Bev
Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet is a peek at George Takei's venture at 75 years old into the world of Twitter and Facebook. The Star Trek actor took social media by storm, gaining nearly four million fans on Facebook in just a few short years. His posts earn more likes, shares, and attention than nearly any other pop culture icon. He has used to his status as "Uncle George" to share humor, advocate for causes, and raise awareness. He has used his affiliation with Allegiance (the musical based o ...more
Kathryn Burke
Dec 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book! It was fun, and as an avid fan (and user) of Facebook, I appreciated the focus of the book -- how Takei became an internet juggernaut. I have enjoyed, and in some cases laughed out loud, in response to Takei's Facebook posts. I was interested to get to know the man behind those posts, and auto-biographies/memoirs are my favourites types of books. I shared a few segments of the book with my 15 year old son, and he laughed out loud. Now, for some true confessions. I am a Trekk ...more
Chris Munson
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Admittedly, I didn't know much about George Takei outside of his work on Star Trek, Heroes, etc. Obviously I was a fan of his work, but I didn't know much about the man himself - particularly that he had such a developed sense of humor. Then his Facebook posts started showing up in my newsfeed and most of my friends were either liking or sharing the hilarious and sometimes thought-provoking posts that he was making on his page. I proceeded to "Like" his page and have been enjoying his posts ever ...more
Natalie
Jan 09, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: celebrity
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
Janna
Jan 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. I was never really a trekkie, and the rare times that I did watch Star Trek as a kid, it was TNG because that's what was on. I'm one of the 25-34 year olds who became a fan of George Takei both for his activism in the LGBT community and for his funny facebook posts. I enjoyed this book as a glimpse into his life, and I was interested in the statistical/technological aspects of his social media success. I also appreciate his willingness to embrace new technology. My gr ...more
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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. His baritone earned Takei recurring appearances as the announcer for "The Howard Stern Show" starting on January 9, 2006, after that show's move to satellite radio.
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