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Oh Myyy! - There Goes The Internet (Life, the Internet and Everything Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

George Takei
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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 digits?

Read about George Takei’s meteoric rise and dominance of the Internet in Oh Myyy (There Goes the Internet), published of course in electronic format.
In this groundbreaking, hilarious and informative book, Takei recounts his experiences on platforms such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, where fans and pundits alike have crowned him King. He muses about everything from the nature of viral sharing, to the taming of Internet trolls, to why Yoda, bacon and cats are such popular memes. Takei isn’t afraid to tell it likes he sees it, and to engage the reader just as he does his legions of fans.

Both provokingly thoughtful and wickedly funny, Oh Myyy! captures and comments upon the quirky nature of our plugged-in culture. With Takei’s conversational yet authoritative style, peppered with some of his favorite images from the web, readers should be prepared to LOL, even as they can’t help but hear his words in their heads in that unmistakable, deep bass.

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About the Author

George Hosato Takei (April 20, 1937) is an American actor and author, best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in 6 Star Trek feature films and in an episode of Star Trek: Voyager. He is a proponent of gay rights and active in state and local politics as well as continuing his acting career. He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights and Japanese–American relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum.

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  • File Size: 3610 KB
  • Print Length: 246 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615775373
  • Publisher: Oh Myyy! Limited Liability Company; 1 edition (December 21, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AHP5NY6
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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646 of 656 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Than You Think. December 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
While the first 69 pages or so are, as one might expect, the tale of a man in his sixties coming to grips with the modern internet... George Takei is, fundamentally, a geek.

And brilliant.

And given to reverse-engineering everything he comes across.

So the last two-thirds of the book ends up being one of the most coherent, insightful, and accessible explanations I've ever seen on how to build and maintain a social media presence.

If you're still grappling with this social media thing, especially as part of your business, you cannot go wrong with this. Unlike your average "how to do that social media thing" book, this one's actually fun to read.
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237 of 238 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everyone's favorite gay Asian uncle is back! December 6, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Although like many in my generation George Takei first became known to me as Mr. Sulu on "Star Trek," I really came to appreciate him during his many appearances on Howard Stern's show. That someone with that grave, elegant demeanor and fantastic deep voice could be so hilarious was a great thing. When he transitioned to the internet it was instantly made richer by his presence, and "Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet)" documents not only his rise to net domination, but how social media helps and hinders us all.

Possibly the most amazing thing about George's adventures on the web is that he's 75 years old, of the generation that is supposedly computer-illiterate or phobic. Not only that, but he writes netspeak with the best of the plugged-in kids, which makes his writing all the more entertaining. If you're reading this book hearing his voice in your head (which you will) reading phrases like "lowest common denominator of butthurt" will crack you up. Oh, excuse me, LOL.

Yes, the book contains his favorite memes and pictures, but George also writes eloquently about how the speed of the internet can catch even the most savvy net surfers in embarrassing situations, as well as how to handle trolls, the overly sensitive, and Facebook's behind-the-scenes string-pulling. I was surprised at the last part; it was a genuine learning experience for me as I maintain a Facebook page for my website and would wonder why the page stats were so out of whack.

Whether he's being an actor, an activist, or the guy who just posted the meme that made you spit coffee all over your keyboard, George Takei is, as the kids say, the man. "Oh Myyy!" is a fun, smooth read for everybody. We're all glad you listened to your husband and wrote this, Uncle George!
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75 of 77 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars You Know What Happens When You Assume? December 10, 2012
By 4Nbahu
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I first learned that George Takei was going to write a book about his experiences with the internet, I was expecting something similar to his Facebook page. At first I was upset, where was my funnies? I wanted my memes. I wanted my cats and star trek/wars mash ups.

Then I read some more.

Now I'm being entertained and informed. Maybe not the funny ha ha that I was expecting, but something more. George Takei lets us have a little peek into his life.

He talks about the charities and causes he chooses to support, why and how he chooses them. He talks about how he went from being the guy who played Mr. Sulu to the humanitarian, spokesperson, activist.

He talks about learning how to connect with his fans and followers using the internet. The mistakes and the successes he had using the internet.

So while I purchased this assuming it was going to be funny ha ha. I am so glad I assumed wrong.

I recommend this book.
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178 of 191 people found the following review helpful
By TigerX
Format:Kindle Edition
George Takei was a master on Star Trek and he is a master when it comes to getting more and more followers to his facebook page. I think that I spend an hour every day perusing his facebook page and all the funny pictures and captions he posts. "Oh Myyy!" is a wonderful collection of his insights into creating a following (not like a cult or anything) of peers and fans. He writes about his successes and not so successful post in the Twitter and Facebook world. I got the e-book a week ago in the presell and have already read it through twice and have directed many of my friends to get it for themselves. You will not be disappointed! Why haven't you stopped reading this review and clicked on 'Add to Cart'? ;)
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81 of 89 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars must read if you love social media, George, or both December 4, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Good casual read. It gives behind the scenes insight into the challenges of running a digital persona and how George coped with the rapidly changing social media environment. If you love social media, George, or both I highly recommend.
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176 of 218 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun read, but not on Paperwhite December 16, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really enjoyed this book. It's, as others have mentioned, about Mr. Takei's coming to understand how social media works and really finding some solid methods for building and maintaining his Facebook (and early Twitter) presence. His signature humor is there, and as I was reading I could hear his voice in my head. For me, that's a bonus! So why 3 stars and not 5? I normally do all of my reading these days on my Kindle Paperwhite. The images, particularly the Twitter posts, were pretty much unreadable. So, when I was finished with the book, I went to my iPad and downloaded the book to my Kindle app and looked back at all of the images throughout the book. If not for this, I would have given the book a higher rating.

I often gripe about people giving low ratings for products based on shipping problems and the like. That has nothing to do with the product! However, in this case, I feel like if a Kindle version of a book is released, it should be tested on all available Kindle models. Or at least an e-ink version and a Fire version.

So, to break it down... Content: 4.5 stars. Format: 2 stars.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fabulous Glimpse of George's Thoughts
You don't often get to read the insights and wisdom of older, wiser people's views about the internet. However, you can read what Uncle George has to say.
Published 4 days ago by Katie Craven
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read
Delightful - witty and fun. Takei is grounded with a good sense of humor.
Published 13 days ago by Calico
5.0 out of 5 stars Very fun.
Loved to read Takei's take on life, grammar nazis, gay marriage, and Internet doubters. As a first gen trekky, somehow it makes me feel more relevant too. Read more
Published 14 days ago by TV
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
Excellent book with witty and very funny writing!
Published 15 days ago by Christina Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, fun read!
I chose this from kindle unlimited. I am a George Takei fan and after reading this and learning about his adventures on the internet, I look forward to reading his other books. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Gundy03130
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fascinating fun. Most of the information and tactics offered remain relevant to users today.
Published 16 days ago by John D. Boyden
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny look at social media from an iconic personality
I enjoyed this mostly lighthearted and informative look at how the author uses and perceives the impact of social media and the internet. And that he likes cats...
Published 19 days ago by Noneya
4.0 out of 5 stars Amusing
Pretty funny and entertaining. It's inspired me to like and follow George takei on Facebook. And it even taught me something about my own newsfeed!
Published 20 days ago by aziza
5.0 out of 5 stars 65 yr old Trekkie lmao
Believe it or not, my 39 yr old son brought me to George takei on the Internet and hence to his books. Who knew?!?
I will be a faithful "follower" from here on out. Read more
Published 20 days ago by jja
5.0 out of 5 stars very amusing and wonderfully thoughtful and
I finally got the time to sit down and read the book all the way through, and I have the highest respect for George Takei and his well written book, very amusing and wonderfully... Read more
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With a career spanning five decades, George Takei is known around the world for his founding role in the acclaimed television series Star Trek, in which he played Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the Starship Enterprise. Takei starred in three seasons of Star Trek and later reprised his iconic role in six movies. says Takei is the #1 most-influential person on Facebook, with more than 4.2 million followers. Takei has more than 700,000 followers on Twitter. Takei authored "Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet," released in e-book and paperback earlier this year, and it ranked #10 on the New York Times E-book nonfiction list.
Takei is featured in the comedy film Larry Crowne, starring Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts, released in July 2011 by Universal Pictures.

Takei also stars in the action-comedy series Supah Ninjas, which premiered in April 2011 on Nickelodeon.
Takei and Tony Award winner Lea Salonga are developing a new musical called "Allegiance." The musical is an epic story of love, family and heroism during the Japanese American internment. Allegiance's world premiere at the Old Globe theatre in San Diego in 2012 will be followed by a Broadway run.

Takei's on-camera television credits also include guest appearances on The Neighbors, Hawaii Five-0, The New Normal, Malcolm in the Middle, Scrubs, Miami Vice, MacGyver, Hawaii Five-0, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mission: Impossible, My Three Sons, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and The Twilight Zone. He has appeared on The Big Bang Theory, Psych, 3rd Rock from the Sun and Will & Grace.

Takei has brought his voiceover talent to hundreds of characters in film, television, video games and commercials during his prolific career. In film, Takei can be heard voicing characters in such films as Mulan, Mulan II and Batman Beyond: The Movie. He has voiced characters for numerous animated series including The Simpsons, Scooby-Do and the Samurai Sword, Transformers: Animated, Kim Possible, Futurama, El Tigre: The Adventures of Manny Rivera, Avatar: The Last Airbender, Hey Arnold!, Samurai Jack, Hercules, Spider-Man, The Smurfs and George Lucas' Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

Adding to his resume, Takei has provided narration on many projects including the 2009 PBS series The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the 2006 Peabody Award-winning radio documentary, Crossing East, centered on the history of Asian American immigration to the United States and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (cassette) which garnered Takei a 1987 Grammy Award nomination for Best Spoken Word Album.

In addition to a busy acting career, Takei regularly appears on Howard Stern's Sirius XM satellite radio show. He is also an accomplished author having written Oh Myyy! There Goes the Internet, co-written the science-fiction novel Mirror Friend, Mirror Foe with Robert Asprin and published his autobiography To the Stars in 1994.

Takei, a Japanese American who from age 4 to 8 was unjustly interned in two U.S. internment camps during World War II, is an outspoken supporter of human right issues and community activist. Takei is chairman emeritus and a trustee of the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles. Takei has served as the spokesperson for the Human Rights Campaign "Coming Out Project," and was cultural affairs chairman of the Japanese American Citizens League. He was appointed to the Japan-U.S. Friendship Commission by former President Clinton and the government of Japan awarded Takei the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, for his contribution to U.S. - Japanese relations. The decoration was conferred by His Majesty, Emperor Akihito, at the Imperial Palace in Tokyo. In 2007, Asteroid 7307 Takei, located between Mars and Jupiter, was named in the performer's honor in appreciation for his social work.
Takei currently lives in Los Angeles with his husband Brad Takei. They were married at the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo on Sept. 14, 2008.

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