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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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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.
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!
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.
Takei is a witty and charming raconteur, and he offers a lot of engaging stories about what he has learned about FaceBook and its arcana, such as Edge Rank--he is both an advocate and a critic of the company, taking FB to task for certain things but giving its employees (many of whom are among his fans) the chance to tell the company's side of the story. Sprinkled throughout the book are examples of the hilarious memes that have made Takei's page so popular, as well as discussions of his efforts as an activist. He comes across as a thoughtful, conscientious and courteous fellow who hasn't let fame go to his head,
The book is also very up to date--one of the virtues of e-publishing is that the author can keep updating the text right up until the book is released--so the narrative covers events like the presidential election and Curiosity's landing on Mars. All in all, a quick, enlightening and enjoyable read. It's a must for fans of Takei's page, and well worth reading for its engaging insights about FaceBook and social media.
Some of this book seems to be an apology explanation for not being able to do it all for his more than three MILLION followers on Facebook. He throws out some tips on how to have a successful (commercial-esque) Facebook page, which may or may not come in handy.
I think he shows some real insight in to the LGBT problems of our era and manages to reconcile himself nicely with being a actor - but also a ACTIVIST - which coming from many celebrities sounds pretentious and all I want them to do is shut up.
But George Takei seems to be the genuine article. He cares for his fans and he has his passions that he won't apologize for. This is an easy book that's well worth the read. (Especially if you can get it for free on your Amazon Prime account for the Kindle. :>)